NEW SEVIS fee effective October 27, 2008

Please note the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now requires the collection of one-time SEVIS fee of $200 from F-1 students and J-1 Exchange Visitor students and scholars.  An F-1 student or J-1 student or scholar must pay the fee directly to DHS by completing from I-901 electronically using the internet or by mail.  Please note that the SEVIS fee must be paid as soon as you receive your I-20 form and more than 3 days before the interview. Fees will not be payable at the consulate. 
IMPORTANT! The SEVIS fee increased from $100 to $200 on October 27, please take this information into consideration as you prepare for this payment.

For payment procedures, please visit the following website:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Receipts: DHS will issue and mail an official paper receipt (I-797) acknowledging every payment regardless of payment method. Express delivery service for the I-797 receipt may be requested at an additional cost. Anyone who submits an individual fee electronically will be able to print out an electronic receipt immediately at the time of payment for use in advance of the mail delivery of the official paper receipt.

Please present SEVIS fee receipt with your immigration documents to present to the U.S. consulate during your visa interview, and to U.S. port-of-entry officials to request entry into the United States.