I-901 Fee:

Listed below is information about the new fee that went into effect September 1, 2004.

The SEVIS I-901 fee went into effect September 1, 2004. The payment website at is operational. New students and exchange visitors with a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 are subject to the fee. Continuing students and exchange visitors are not required to pay the fee except under certain circumstances. For complete information on who needs to pay the fee (or does not need to) see the SEVP website at There is a complete list of questions and answers on all aspects of SEVIS I-901 fee payment.
Students may pay the SEVIS I-901 fee prior to applying for a visa and may prove payment of the fee by:

  • A receipt printed when on the Internet at with a credit card
  • A receipt from Western Union when using the Western Union QuickPay option
  • A Form I-797 receipt mailed

The student is required to pay only one SEVIS fee – not one fee per Form I-20.
We believe the most important information is contained in Question 4A, can you give me a general overview of the SEVIS I-901 fee payment process? On the SEVP website at This information, along with a copy of the Form I-901, will provide the student or exchange visitor with basic information needed to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. You may also want to provide students and exchange visitors with the sources to help provided in Questions and Answers at

The I-901 form is listed below.

SEVIS I-901:

The phone number for the I-901 Help Desk is 1-212-620-3418.

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