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.
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.
New Travel Process for International Students, Scholars and Dependents
ISSS has a new process to report international travel and request a travel signature on your Form I-20 or DS-2019. International students, scholars and dependents need a valid travel signature on their immigration document any time they enter the United States after a trip abroad. The signature is given on the travel endorsement section of your document. Once issued, the travel signature is valid for 12 months, or for 6 months if you are an F-1 student on post-completion OPT.
Online Travel Information Record
All international students and visiting scholars who will travel outside the United States should complete the online Travel Information record. This form, along with full travel signature guidelines, can be accessed on our travel webpage.
International students log in to the ISSS portal through the link using their Net ID and password. International scholars (visitors for research or teaching, including student researchers) login in to the ISSS portal using your email address and a password that you set. If you are a visiting scholar and do not yet have login credentials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
J-1 Visa Medical Insurance Confirmation Record
If you are on a J-1 visa, you must also make sure that you have an up to date Medical Insurance Confirmation record submitted through the ISSS Portal. If you already submitted this record, you may view your form by visiting isssportal.uconn.edu and viewing your submitted applications on your User Home Page. If you have not yet submitted the Medical Insurance Confirmation record, please do so here.
Bring your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 and other required support documents to ISSS.