Center for International Services & Programs

SEVIS FEE for J-1 Scholars and Faculty

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal SEVIS Fee took effect on September 1,2004. The Fee of $200 is generally a one-time fee (see exceptions, below) and is required of those who are applying for an F-1 , J-1, or M-1 visa based on an Form I-20 issued for "initial attendance" or a Form DS 2019 issued to begin a "new program". Proof of fee payment must be presented at the visa interview and at the U.S. Port of Entry.

How to pay the SEVIS Fee?

Please go to the following website to learn how to pay the SEVIS Fee:

Who has to pay the SEVIS Fee?

  • You must pay the SEVIS fee if you are seeking a J-1 visa from an embassy or consulate abroad for initial attendance or initial participation in CSU's exchange visitor program
  • You must pay the SEVIS fee if you are Canadian citizen, and are therefore exempt from the U.S. visa requirement, before you can enter the United States.
  • You must pay the SEVIS fee if you were previously in the United States in J-1 status, completed that program's participation, departed the United States and are now seeking to return for a new period of stay as a J-1, even if the previous period of stay was at CSU.
  • You must pay the SEVIS fee if you are already in the United States, and you will be filing a change of non-immigrant status application to J-1.

Applicants for J-2 dependent visas are NOT required to pay the SEVIS Fee.

SEVIS Fee Rules

The SEVIS fee cannot be paid at the embassy or consulate or at the U.S. border.

A visa will not be issued unless the visa officer can verify that the SEVIS fee payment has been made. However, you may schedule your visa interview prior to paying the SEVIS fee.

The SEVIS fee is not refundable. If your visa application is denied, and you decide to reapply for the same type of visa at a later date, you will not be asked to make a second SEVIS fee payment as long as your visa application is made within 12 months of the initial denial.