International Students

International Students

SEVIS I-901 Fees   

Effective September 1, 2004, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security implemented a policy that requires all international and Canadian students to pay an administrative fee (SEVIS I-901 Fee), prior to applying for their non-immigrant visas. If you are applying to become a student, and your initial I-20 Form was issued on or after September 1, 2004, you MUST pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee. Learn more information about the SEVIS Fee.

The following chart will tell you when, in the process of applying to become a student, you must pay the fee.

Are you in the United States? 


Do you need an F. M or J Visa?      


When to sumbit?

No                                                                                             Yes Pay the fee before you go to your visa interview at a United States embassy or consulate.  You may schedule an interview before the payment is made.  Allow time for the payment to be received and verified.
No No, I am from canada which does not require a Visa.(just an I-20)   Pay the fee and allow time for processing before you appear at the U.S. port of entry (POE).  You will not be able to pay the fee at the POE.
Yes No Pay the fee before you apply for a change of status of reinstatement.

Completing Form I-901 and making payment

You will need to complete an I-901 Form with information from your I-20 Form and pay the required fee. The SEVIS I-901 fee is $200 for F-1, F-3, M-1 or M-3 students. If you would like to have your receipt sent by expedited delivery (courier service) rather than by mail, the fee is an additional $35.

You can fill in the Form I-901 online at or send a paper version to:

I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
P.O. Box 970020
St. Louis, MO 63197-0020
United States ]

By Courier (to expedite delivery to SEVP):
I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
1005 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
United States

Completing the form online will help ensure that you provide all the information in the correct format.  This helps speed processing. When using a paper form, please print clearly. Your SEVIS ID number, last name (surname or family name) and date of birth are critical data elements. These are needed to match the information on your Form I-20 or DS-2019.

Payment Options

You can pay your fee by a credit or debit card if you are submitting the form online. If you pay by credit or debit card, you may print out a receipt if you need one immediately and cannot wait to receive one through the mail. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) accepts Visa, Master, and American Express credit cards.

You can also pay by an international money order or by a check drawn on a financial institution in the United States and payable in United States currency. Checks are accepted subject to collection. If the bank on which it is drawn does not honor the check, you will be charged a $30 fee.

  • If you fill in the Form I-901 online and choose to pay by check or money order, you will be able to print a payment coupon.  There is a control number on the top of the coupon.  Write the control number, your name and your SEVIS ID number on your check or money order and attach the coupon.
  • If you use a paper Form I-901, write your SEVIS ID number and name on your check or money order and attach the form before sending it in.

Record of Payment

There are two records of payment:

  • Electronic payment information kept in the SEVIS I-901 fee payment system.
  • A paper receipt: You will get a paper receipt in the mail for all payments.  You can also print a paper receipt immediately if you file online and pay with a credit or debit card.

Western Union “Quick Pay” service

Effective November 1, 2004, payment of the I-901 SEVIS Fee can be made via your local Western Union "Quick Pay" Service. Western Union will accept the I-910 fee in your local currency and submit this along with your Form I-901 data to SEVIS for processing. The Western Union "Quick Pay" receipt will be accepted as your valid proof-of-payment for a visa interview at the US consulate and for admission at a US port of entry.

For additional information on the payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee, and the completion of forms, please visit the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Web site.