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No, you must have a Form I-20 or DS-2019 before you pay the fee.

No. If you receive acceptance packages from several schools or Exchange Visitor Program Sponsors, please select a school or program and use that Form I-20 or DS-2019 to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.

We highly recommend that you pay the SEVIS I-901 fee using the form from the sponsor or school you will attend. Fee payment is made for a specific SEVIS ID number. Each Form I-20 or DS-Form DS-2019 has a SEVIS ID number. All SEVIS ID numbers start with the letter N.

On the Form I-20, the number is on the top right hand side of the first page under the words Student's Copy and above the barcode.

On the DS-2019, the number is on the top right hand side of the page in the block about the barcode

Not necessarily. If you are a continuing student or continuing to participate in the same exchange visitor program and you have continued to maintain your status, you do not need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee before applying for a new visa
No. Spouses and minor child of students and exchange visitors (F-2, M-2 or J-2 nonimmigrants) do not have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. However, if the spouse or minor child wishes to change status to F-1, M-1, or J-1, he or she must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee before filing a change of status application.
Yes. If you complete a program and then apply for another program – even if it is from the same exchange visitor program sponsor - you must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. You must pay the fee every time you start a new program.
In general, you need to:

Either be currently enrolled in an approved school or exchange visitor program or have been accepted into one. You will need a Form I-20 or DS-2019.

Pay the fee in time to have it processed before a consular or DHS official must make a decision about your visa, entry into the United States or other application where the fee is required.
You will need to fill in a Form I-901 with information from your Form I-20 or DS-2019 and pay the required fee.

You can fill in the Form I-901 online at www.fmjfee.com or send a paper version to:

By Mail

I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee

P.O. Box 970020

St. Louis, MO 63197-0020

United States

By Courier (to expedite delivery to SEVP)

I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee

1005 Convention Plaza

St. Louis, MO 63101

United States

Phone Number: 1-314-418-8833 (United States Country Code 011)

If you have Internet access, completing the form online will help ensure that you provide all the information in the correct format. This helps speed processing.

You can pay your fee by credit or debit card if you are submitting your form online. If you pay by credit or debit card, you should print out a receipt if you need one immediately and cannot wait to receive a receipt through the mail.

You can pay by international money order or check drawn on a financial institution in the United States and payable in United States currency. Checks are accepted subject to collection. If the bank on which it is drawn does not honor the check, you will be charged a $35 fee.

If you fill in the Form I-901 online and choose the option to pay by check or money order, you will be able to print a payment coupon. There is a control number on the top of the coupon. Write the control number, your name and your SEVIS ID number on your check or money order and attach the coupon.

If you use a paper Form I-901, write your SEVIS ID number and name on your check or money order and attach the form before sending it in.

You need the information from your Form I-20 or DS-2019 to fill out the Form I-901. You do not need to send a copy with the Form I-901.

All SEVIS ID numbers start with the letter N.

On the Form I-20, the number is on the top right hand side of the first page under the words Student's Copy and above the barcode.

On the DS-2019, the number is on the top right hand side of the page in the box above the barcode.


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