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Form I-17 - Pay Fees

Last updated 24-Jun-2019

General Information

Schools are required to pay fees to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and provide proof of payment to SEVP upon submission of their:

  • certification petition
  • recertification petition
  • Form I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion

Additionally, certain updates to the Form I-17 also require proof of fee payment upon the submission of the updated petition.

Fee Type Amount Due When
Form I-17 Filing $3000.00
  • Submitting a petition for initial certification
Change of Ownership $3000.00
  • Submitting a petition for Change of Ownership
Site Visit $655.00 per site
  • Submitting a petition for initial certification, you must pay for each site listed on the Form I-17.
  • Adding new site for an approved Form I-17
  • True change in location for existing site on an approvedForm I-17
Recertification $1250.00
  • Submitting petition for recertification

Icon - Pay attention to an important point Information regarding Form I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion can be found in Form I-290B – Pay Fees.

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.

Icon - Pay attention to an important point SEVP may cancel petitions where proof of payment is not included with the submission of the petition in SEVIS.

Icon - Additional information is available 

Process

To pay a fee:

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 home page

2. Enter SEVIS in the search 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.

Search Results for SEVIS page

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

Accepted payment methods

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.

Complete Agency Form: DHS SEVIS School Certification Payment page

Complete Agency Form: DHS SEVIS School Certification Payment page

6. Complete the fields: 

Field Description/Explanation
School/District/Affiliation/System If necessary, enter the name of the district, affiliation, or system associated with the school.

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.

Note: 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.

Payment Info Page

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:

Enter Payment Information

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.

Review and Submit page

3. Enter:

  • Email Address (Required)
  • Confirm Email Address (Required)
  • Additional Email Address(es)

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

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:

Enter Payment Info 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.

Review and Submit payment page

3. Enter:

  • Email Address (Required)
  • Confirm Email Address (Required)
  • Additional Email Address(es)

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

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.