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Undergraduate Checklist and Timeline - SEVIS Fee

Step 6 – SEVIS Fee



  • Not applicable.

Instructions With Regard to the Visa Process

  • Each student or exchange visitor issued an initial Form I-20 or DS-2019 after September 1, 2004 is responsible for paying the SEVIS fee
    • There are exceptions, example: “You do not have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee if you are an F-1 … who is changing educational levels. Examples are: …You graduated from high school and are going directly into college.”
    • See section on 'Do I need to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee?' for more information (
  • The fee is paid on-line or by check, or money order mailed to SEVP
  • The fee receipt is required at the Consulate for purposes of obtaining the visa and at the port of entry.


  • Review the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement website, above

Time Frame

  • The SEVIS fee is paid
    • after the student receives the I-20 or DS-2019 and
    • before the student goes to the Consulate for a visa and to the U.S. port of entry

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Last Updated: 6/29/16