The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has published a new rule impacting international students and exchange visitors. The SEVIS I-901 fee will increase effective June 24th to $350 for F-1 students and $220 for J-1 Exchange Visitors.
Read the rule from the Federal Register here.
The I-901 SEVIS Fee is paid by all F-1 and J-1 visa applicants who are starting a new academic program. Students who take a break in their studies or exchange program and return to the U.S. with a new Form I-20 or DS-2019, with a new SEVIS ID number, also need to pay the fee.
Students and exchange visitors who complete multiple programs and maintain F-1 or J-1 status by transferring their SEVIS record, or by following SEVIS Change Education Level or Matriculation procedures, do NOT pay a new SEVIS I-901 fee.
Students who already paid the fee when they started their program do not need to pay the fee again.
New incoming students and exchange visitors who pay the SEVIS I-901 fee before June 24th will be assessed the old rates of $200 for F-1 students and $180 for J-1 Exchange Visitors. If you pay June 24th or after, you will pay the new fee rate.
Only F-1/J-1 principal visa holders pay the SEVIS I-901 fee – you do not have to pay a separate fee for your dependents.
Contact ISSS with any questions or concerns you have – email@example.com.