The Sevis Fee
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced implementation of the new SEVIS Fee effective September 1, 2004. The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) was mandated by Congress to help maintain information about international students and exchange visitors while they are in the U.S. Congress also mandated that the SEVIS program be self-funding; therefore, DHS has implemented the I-109 SEVIS fee. The I-109 SEVIS fee must be paid before you can have your visa interview at the U.S. Consulate to which you will apply for your student visa.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office maintains a Web site with detailed information about the new I-109 SEVIS fee. Please visit the ICE website below and carefully read the instructions about paying the I-109 SEVIS fee. The I-109 SEVIS fee can be paid through the mail or on-line with a credit card*. We encourage you to use the on-line payment method as it is much faster than paying by mail. Please read all instructions carefully.