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The date of issuance is in block 10 on the Form I-20. It is in block 7 on the Form DS-2019.
Using the Internet to fill in the Form I-901 at and paying by credit card is the fastest way to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. You can print a receipt immediately.
Yes. You may need the receipt to show that you paid the fee.

Keep your SEVIS I-901 fee receipt until you complete your exchange visitor program or receive your final degree

Once you arrive on campus, you should report immediately to the office that is responsible for assisting international students and scholars. It may be called the Office of International Services, the Office of International Education, the International Programs Office, or some other similar name. Whatever the name, however, that office can help you with any questions or concerns you may have about immigration rules and regulations. Moreover, that office must report your arrival within the SEVIS system. If this report is not submitted, you may be considered to be in violation of your status in the United States, so be sure to make the international student office one of your first stops on campus.
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The fee could be paid:

• Through the Internet at by using a credit card or debit card and completing the online Form I-901 (Fee for Remittance for Certain F, M, and J Nonimmigrant); or

• Through the mail by submitting a completed Form I-901 and a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. currency.
• The SEVIS I-901 fee is mandated by Congress to support the program office and the automated system that keeps track of students and exchange visitors and ensures that they maintain their status while in the United States.
• No. The visa fee is to defray the cost for machine-readable visas and to support the consulates. There is a separate non-refundable fee for anyone seeking a nonimmigrant visa for the United States.

• The SEVIS I-901 fee is a separate fee paid to SEVP. This fee supports the Student and Exchange Visitor Program in DHS.

SEVP accepts payment by:

• Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit cards
• Debit cards (also known as check cards) that have the Visa or MasterCard logo

Credit or debit cards can only be used when paying the SEVIS I-901 fee and completing the Form I-901 online at

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