What is SEVIS?
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based system for maintaining information on international students and exchange visitors in the United States of America. SEVIS is administered by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The mission of SEVIS is to balance national security with foreign student and exchange visitor participation in America's outstanding academic and cultural exchange programs.
What is the SEVIS Fee?
The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires the collection of a one-time SEVIS fee of $200 from international students seeking F-1 visa classification. This fee is collected to fund operation of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program Office, which has oversight of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
Paying Your SEVIS Fee
When to pay
The fee must be paid at least 3 business days prior to applying for your visa. Fees will not be payable at the Embassy/Consulate.
How to pay