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Form I-17 - Pay Fees

Last updated 25-Jan-2018

General Information

When applying for initial certification of an F-1/M-1 student visa program, there are two non-refundable fees that must be paid to the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) at one time:

  • Form I-17 filing fee
  • Campus site visit fee (one for each campus included on the Form I-17)

The fees must be paid through the federal government’s secured Pay.gov website. A school may use a bank account (ACH - Automated Clearing House), debit card, or credit card to submit an electronic payment to SEVP using Pay.gov.

After submitting the certification application electronically using the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), the principal designated school official (PDSO) and the person who submitted the application (if different) will receive email confirmations from SEVIS System Administration (SEVIS SysAdmin) that SEVP has received the application. Applicants can use the link in the confirmation email from SEVIS SysAdmin to make the electronic payment through Pay.gov right away, or they can pay the fees later. It is important to note that the fees must be paid within 14 calendar days of submitting the certification application, or the petition will be rejected. (See example: SEVIS SysAdmin email reporting a school's certification petition has been successfully submitted to SEVIS.)

SEVIS SysAdmin email reporting a school's certification petition has been successfully submitted to SEVIS

SEVP will not begin the adjudication until the payment has been made.

Process

To pay the filing and campus visit fees:

1. Go to Pay.gov or click the link in the SEVIS Certification: Certification Petition Successfully Submitted email. The Pay.gov home page opens.

Pay.gov homepage.

2. Enter SEVIS in the Find Forms, Agencies… field of the Menu bar.

3. Click Search. The Search Results for “SEVIS” page opens with I 17 SEVIS School Certifications in the search results.

Pay.gov search results

4. Click Continue to the Form to begin the five-step payment process. The I 17 SEVIS School Certifications – Before You Begin: Accepted Payment Methods page opens.

Pay.gov accepted payments

5. Click either:

  • Preview Form: Opens a non-editable preview of the first page of the DHS SEVIS School Certification Payment form.
  • Cancel: Cancels the payment process and returns the user to the Welcome to Pay.com page.
  • Continue to the Form: Opens the Complete Agency Form: DHS SEVIS School Certification Payment page.

DHS SEVIS School Certification Payment

6. Complete the fields: 

Field Description/Explanation

School Name * (Required)

  •  Enter the name of the school system. This is the same information entered in Field 1.2 on the first page of the electronic certification application (Form I-17), and not the name of the main campus.
School District/Affiliation/System
  • If necessary, enter the name of the district, affiliation, or system associated with the school.
School Code * (Required) 
  • Enter the school code of the school, if one has been assigned.
  • If a school code had not been assigned, enter NONE.
School Address * (Required) 
  • Enter the street address of the school.
School City * (Required) 
  • Enter the city in which the school is located.
  • Enter the street address of the school.
School State * (Required
  • Click the drop-down arrow and select the state in which the school is located.
School Zip/Postal Code * (Required) 
  • Enter a valid five-digit zip code for the city in which the school is located. The four-digit zip code extension is optional.
School Contact Prefix Click the drop-down arrow to select a prefix for the school contact: Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss, or Dr.
School Contact First Name * (Required) 
  • Enter the first name of the person making payment, or the name in which the debit or credit card was assigned.
  • If the is named for an institution, enter NFN in this field.
School Contact Middle Name 
  • This field may contain the middle name of the person making payment, or the name in which the debit or credit card was issued.
School Contact Last Name * (Required) 
  • Enter the last name of the SEVIS POC at the school.
  • This field may contain the name of the person making payment, or the name in which the debit or credit card was issued.
  •  If the bank account from which the payment is being drawn is the name of an institution, enter the name of the institution in this field.
School Contact Phone Number * (Required) 
  • Enter the telephone number for the SEVIS POC at the school.
Amount * (Required) 
  • Enter the amount being submitted to DHS. Do not enter a decimal point or cents.
Checkbox * (Required) 
  • Click the checkbox to indicate that you understand the filing fee requirements.

7. Click either:

  • PDF Preview: Generates this page in Portable Document File (PDF) format.
  • Make Payment: Continues processing your payment. The Enter Payment Info: Payment Information page opens.

I-17 School Certifications

8. Under I want to pay with my: heading, select the radio button for your payment type.

  • Bank Account (ACH): Includes personal and business bank accounts.
  • Debit or Credit Card: Acceptable debit or credit cards include:
    • MasterCard
    • VISA
    • Discover and Discover-branded cards, such as JCP and Union Pay
    • Debit cards with a MasterCard or VISA logo

 Additional payment and processing information is available on the Pay.gov FAQ page. Customer Service contact information is available on the Pay.gov Contact Us page.

9. Click either:

  • Previous or Return to Form: Returns to the previous page.
  • Cancel: Cancels the payment process without making the required payment. This returns the user to the Pay.gov home page.
  • Next: Opens the Enter Payment Info: Please provide the payment information below page for either paying with a bank account (ACH) or paying with a debit or credit card.

Paying with a Bank Account (ACH)

;To pay the fees with a bank account, from the Enter Payment Info: Please provide the payment information below page:

Pay with a bank account

1. Complete the required fields:

Field Description/Explanation
Payment Amount This field is prepopulated and cannot be altered.
Payment Date This field is prepopulated with the next available payment date and cannot be altered.
* Account Holder Name (Required)

This field is prepopulated. If the name of the account holder is not correct, make the necessary changes.

* Select Account Type (Required) 

Click the drop-down arrow and select the type of bank account from which the funds will be drawn:

  • Personal Checking
  • Personal Savings
  • Business Checking
  • Business Savings
* Routing Number (Required) 
  • Enter the routing number for your bank.

Note: The routing number is the first set of numbers imprinted on the bottom, left corner of your check.

* Account Number (Required) 
  • Enter the number for the account from which the payment will be made.

Note: The account number is the second set of numbers imprinted on the bottom of your check.

* Confirm Account Number (Required)  Reenter your account number. 

School Name

School District/Affiliation/ System

School Code

School Address

School City 

School State

School Zip/Postal Code

School Contact First Name

School Contact Middle Name

School Contact Last Name

School Contact Phone Number 

Amount 

These fields are prepopulated and cannot be edited. 

2.  Click either:

  • Previous or Return to Form: Returns to the previous page. You can either select Debit or Credit Card or leave Bank Account (ACH) selected.
  • Cancel: Stops the payment process and return to the Pay.gov home page.
  • Review and Submit Payment: Advances to the Review and Submit page.

3. Confirm entries prior to proceeding. If corrections are necessary, click Return to Form to make the changes.

4. If you would like to receive an email confirmation after submitting the payment, click the checkbox for I would like to receive an email confirmation of this transaction.

5. Read the statement under Authorization and Disclosure Statement, and then click the checkbox for I agree to the Pay.gov authorization and disclosure statement.

 The I agree to the Pay.gov authorization and disclosure statement checkbox is required to submit your payment.

6.  Click either:

  • Previous or Return to Form: Returns to the previous page. You can either select Debit or Credit Card or leave Bank Account (ACH) selected.
  • Cancel: Stops the payment process and return to the Pay.gov home page.
  • Submit Payment: Payment is submitted. You will be brought to the Confirmation page. If you selected the checkbox for confirmation email, you will receive a confirmation email from Pay.gov.

Pay with a Debit or Credit Card

To pay the fees with a debit or credit card, from the Enter Payment Info: Please provide the payment information below page:

1. Complete the fields: 

Field Description/Explanation
Payment Amount This field is prepopulated and cannot be altered.
Cardholder Name This field is prepopulated. If the name of the cardholder is not correct, make the necessary changes. 
* Cardholder Billing Address (Required)

This field is prepopulated. If the billing address is not correct, make the necessary changes.

Billing Address 2 Enter additional billing address information, if needed.
City  This field is prepopulated. If the information is not correct, make the necessary changes.
Country  Click the drop-down arrow and select the country to which the account holder’s bills are sent.
State/Province  This field is prepopulated. If the information is not correct, make the necessary changes.
Zip/Postal Code  This field is prepopulated. If the information is not correct, make the necessary changes.
* Card Type (Required) 

Click the drop-down arrow and select the type of debit or credit card:

  • VISA
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover
* Card Number (Required) 
  • Enter the debit or credit card number. Do not include hyphens or spaces.
* Expiration Date (Required)
  • Click the drop-down arrows and select the month and year in which the card expires. 
* Security Code (Required) 
  • Enter the security verification number displayed on the card: 
    • On VISA, MasterCard, and Discover cards the security code is a 3-digit number printed on the back of the card
    • On the American Express card, the security code is a 4-digit number printed on the front of the card. 
  • On-screen help is available for this field through the What's This? link.

School Name

School District/Affiliation/ System

School Code

School Address

School City 

School State

School Zip/Postal Code

School Contact First Name

School Contact Middle Name

School Contact Last Name

School Contact Phone Number 

Amount 

These fields are prepopulated and cannot be edited. 

 

2. Click either:

  • Previous or Return to Form: Returns to the previous page. You can either select Bank Account (ACH) or leave Debit or Credit Card selected.
  • Cancel: Stops the payment process and returns to the Pay.gov home page.
  • Review and Submit Payment: Advances to the Review and Submit page.

3. Confirm entries prior to proceeding. If corrections are necessary, click Return to Form to make the changes.

4. If you would like to receive an email confirmation after submitting the payment, click the checkbox for I would like to receive an email confirmation of this transaction.

5. Read the statement under Authorization and Disclosure Statement, and then click the checkbox for I agree to the Pay.gov authorization and disclosure statement.

 The I agree to the Pay.gov authorization and disclosure statement checkbox is required to submit your payment.

6. Click either:

  • Previous: Returns to the Enter Payment Info page.
  • Return to Form: Returns to the Complete Agency Form: DHS SEVIS School Certification Payment page.
  • Cancel: Cancels the payment process without making the required payment and returns to the Pay.gov home page.
  • Submit Payment: Submits your payment. The Confirmation page opens. If you selected the checkbox for a confirmation email, you will receive a confirmation email from Pay.gov.

Icon Guide

See the SEVIS Help Icons Job Aid on the SEVIS Help Hub for a quick-reference of the icons used in this user guide.