Non-U.S. citizens and visitors are required to apply for a non-immigrant visa to enter the U.S. for study or research. Follow the steps below to pay your SEVIS I-901 fee and apply for a visa.
SEVIS I-901 fee
After you receive your immigration documents – Form I-20 or Form DS-2019– you can start the visa application process by paying your SEVIS fee.
Who should pay the SEVIS fee? Accordion Closed
Before applying for a visa, the Department of Homeland and Security requires all new F-1 students, J-1 students, and J-1 scholars who are entering the U.S. for the first time to pay a SEVIS fee. The SEVIS fee is separate from the visa appointment fee. For more information on who must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee, please refer to the FMJfee website.
*Continuing students do not have to pay the SEVIS fee when they apply for a visa to return to the U.S.
*Dependents of F-1 and J-1 students (F-2 and J-2 visitors) are not required to pay the SEVIS fee.
When should I pay the SEVIS fee? Accordion Closed
We recommend that you pay the SEVIS fee immediately upon receipt of your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 from your school using any of the methods listed below. You do not need to pay the SEVIS fee to schedule your visa interview, but you must pay the SEVIS fee at least three business days BEFORE your visa interview.
How can I pay the SEVIS fee? Accordion Closed
Credit Card Payment:
You can pay the SEVIS fee online via credit card payment by visiting the FMJfee website. Make sure to enter your information exactly as they appear on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. A step-by-step tutorial on how to pay the SEVIS fee.
Payment via Western Union:
Another way to pay your SEVIS Fee is by using Western Union. Find a Western Union service near you.
Fill out the Form I-910 online and print out the payment coupon before going to your local Western Union. Fill out the payment form exactly as they appear on the printed coupon. For step-by-step instructions on how to pay your SEVIS I-901 Fee using Western Union and samples of the Payment Coupon, Pay a Bill form, and Quick Pay Form.
Payment by Mail:
You can also pay the SEVIS fee via mail by completing and printing out the Form I-901. Obtain your check or money order and make it payable to “I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee.” Your payment must be in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank. Mail the Form I-901 and the check or money order to one of the below addresses depending on the mail service you plan on using. You can also complete the Form I-901 online and indicate that you will be paying by check or money order. After you print out the payment coupon and obtain your check or money order you can send them by mail to one of the below addresses:
Regular mail service:
I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
P.O. Box 970020
St. Louis, MO 63197-0020
I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
1005 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
Proof of your SEVIS I-901 fee payment Accordion Closed
After you pay your SEVIS fee, print out a receipt as proof of your I-901 SEVIS fee payment. This receipt is one of the important documents you will need when you go to your visa interview.
Applying for your visa
After paying the SEVIS fee, you should complete the online nonimmigrant visa application (Form DS-160) and schedule an interview.
Scheduling your visa appointment Accordion Closed
Preparing for your interview Accordion Closed
Check your country’s U.S. embassy or consulate website to know what documents are required for your interview. Generally, the following documents are required by the U.S. embassy:
- Passport (valid at least six months your period of stay in the U.S.).
- Form DS-160 confirmation page.
- Application fee payment receipt.
- The online Form DS-160 requires that you upload your photo while completing your application. If you fail to upload your photo online, you must bring a printed photo to your interview. Make sure that your photo follows the requirements of the U.S. Department of State. For information on the photo requirements, visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/photos.html
- Your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 signed by you and NAU.
- Your admission letter from NAU
- Evidence of financial support
- SEVIS fee Receipt
The U.S. Department of State recommends that you print the DS-160 form confirmation page and bring it with you to your visa interview.
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Processing your visa might take some time, so make sure that you schedule your visa interview well in advance of your travel date. Some visa applications may require administrative processing that will require additional processing time after the visa interview date, and could delay your arrival to the US. If this happens to you, be sure to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss deferring your admission and arrival dates. The status of your visa application can be tracked on the Department of State website.
Once you receive your visa, be sure to check it carefully for errors to avoid any delays or complications while entering the U.S. If you find any errors, contact the U.S. embassy immediately.
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The approval or denial of visa applicants is governed by the U.S. law. Your visa application will be denied if the consular officer finds that you are not eligible. In the case of a denial, you will be notified of the reason for your visa denial. Please notify us at email@example.com along with the reason type if you receive a denial.