International Student Services


New SEVIS Fee Requirement for F-1 and J-1 Visa Applicants

The United States Department of Homeland Security requires F-1 and J-1 applicants to pay a one-time SEVIS fee when applying for a visa. This fee must be paid before the visa application will be processed by the U.S. Embassy.

The fee can be paid in the U.S. by family or friends, but a copy of the payment receipts must be sent to the visa applicant. The fee can also be paid through Western Union. Since it can take several days before the payment of the fee is reflected at the U.S. Embassy, we suggest the fee be paid as early as possible before the applicant’s appointment. The fee can not be paid at the Embassy.

  • F-1/Students $200.00

  • J-1 Exchange Visitors $180.00

Detailed information on this fee and the SEVIS I-901 payment form can be found on the U.S. Immigration website at

Please read the information on this website carefully. The Question and Answer section is especially helpful to determine who must pay this new fee.

Please note that students paying the fee by Western Union are required to complete the Form I-901 at www.fmjfee prior to visiting Western Union.

Follow the detailed payment instructions below when using Western Union:

  1. Fill out the Form I-901 online at A payment coupon will be generated upon completion of the form.
  2. Print a copy of the payment coupon and take it to your local Western Union.
  3. Fill out the Quick Collect/Quick Pay Form according to the information found at the bottom of the printed coupon. Example below:

             Company Name (or Code City):  SEVISFEE

             Account Number:                       Coupon Number (ex: 010222013872390)

             Amount:                                     200.00*

*Please note that the payment amount may differ according to your specific visa type.

4.  Present the Quick Collect/Quick Pay Form and your payment to the Western Union Agent for processing.

Payment will be linked to your Form I-901 and your online Payment Confirmation will be available immediately at You will be able to go to your Visa Appointment 2-3 days after your payment has posted.


Last modified: Nov 4, 2014

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