What is SEVIS & how to pay SEVIS Fee?

    Updated on: 25 Sep 2022

     


    Students planning to study or applying for a visa in the USA often come across this term, SEVIS.

    The US government introduced SEVIS (Student Exchange and Visitor Information System) after the 9/11 attack in 2013. Its purpose is to use an electronic system to collect information on all F, M, and J non-immigrants.

    After reading this blog you  will get to know what is SEVP, what is SEVIS, how to pay the SEVIS fee etc.

    Before introducing SEVIS, let's first understand the term SEVP.

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    What is SEVP?

    SEVP is also known as the student and exchange visitor program. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) monitors all the activities and information to keep a track of all foreign and exchange students in the USA. It ensures that the government authorities store all the data related to non-immigrant students and exchange visitors to preserve national security.

    What is SEVIS?

    The Student & Exchange Visitor Information System is a website to maintain information and data for international students and exchange visitors in the United States. It is the best technological website used by the Department of Homeland Security. In short, it tracks and monitors international students and exchange visitors.

    SEVIS is acceptable in the following ways:

    • It is acceptable in all the universities and schools.
    • F-1 and M-1 students studying in the United States (as well as their F-2 and M-2 dependents)
    • The US Department of the State-designated exchange visitor programme sponsors
    • Participants in the J-1 Visa exchange visitor programme (and their J-1 dependents)

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    How to Pay the SEVIS Fee?

    SEVIS fee is mostly paid through online mode. Following are the two options to make the payment:

    Option-1 Western Union Quick Pay

    It's easy to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee, by using Western Union Quick Pay. The procedure of Western Union will be to collect the form I-901 fee in your local currency and submit both payment and information I-901 to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    The following steps are involved while making the payment:

    Step 1: Go to www.fmjfee.com and complete Form I-901.
    Step 2: Pay the fee by check or money order.
    Step 3: Print the coupon.
    Step 4: Take the printed coupon to a Western Union location.
    Step 5: Complete the Quick Collect/Quick Pay Form with all of the required information.
    Step 6: Submit the Quick Collect/Quick Pay Form and your payment to the Western Union agency for further processing.

    Note:

    • Payment verification will be available instantly at www.fmjfee.com.
    • Western Union may require your name and address if you are paying on behalf of an applicant.
    • Applicants should use their SEVIS ID.
    • After submitting the payment, please e-mail fmjfee.sevis@ice.dhs.gov with “INFO CHANGE” in the subject line & do include the SEVIS ID.

    Option 2: Pay with a credit or debit card online.

    You can make an online payment using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or debit cards that have the Visa or MasterCard logo.

    The following steps are involved in paying by credit or debit card:

    Step 1: Go to www.fmjfee.com and complete Form I-901.
    Step 2: Select the credit card or debit card payment method and enter your card information.
    Step 3: Make the payment.
    Step 4: Print "SEVIS I-901 Payment Confirmation."

    Remember:

    Generally, it takes two or three business days to process your I-901 SEVIS fee payment. After all the procedures are completed, print out the “SEVIS I-901 Payment Confirmation”, bring it to your student visa interview & you are good to go.

    Read Also:

    Frequently Asked Questions About SEVIS Fee

    Q.1 How much is the SEVIS Fee for F1 Visa?

    A.1 The amount for an F1 visa is ₹ 27881.88 or USD 350.

    Q.2 How much is the SEVIS Fee for an M1 Visa?

    A.2 The amount for an M1 visa is generally ₹ 27881.88 or USD 350.

    Q.3 How much is the SEVIS Fee for a J1 Visa?

    A.3 The amount for a J1 visa is generally ₹17525.75 or USD 220 .

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