Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Archive
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• At least three business days prior to the visa interview date if paying electronically.
• At least 15 business days prior to the scheduled visa interview if submitting payment through regular mail. (This time frame allows adequate time for the fee payment to be received at the DHS address listed on the Form I-901, deposited, and recorded in SEVIS.)
• Be sure to add local mail processing time to this processing estimate for accuracy.
a- Reapplying for a visa within twelve months of the date of initial denial
b- From a visa exempt country and reapplying for status as a student at the POE within 12 months of the date of initial denial
c- Filing a motion to reopen a denied change of status application for a change of status to F-1, F-3, M-1, or M-3
- Reapply for a student visa within 12 months of the initial denial if the original application was for a student visa
- Reapply for an exchange visitor visa within 12 months of the initial denial if the original application and the reapplication are for the same exchange visitor category.
• An absence of less than five months to continue the same program of study
• Completing authorized overseas study as part of the current program (this absence may exceed five months)
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
- You received your Master's degree and going directly into a doctoral program
For exchange visitors (J-1) $180
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