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How to Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee


Starting Monday, June 24th, 2019, the Student & Exchange Visitor Program implemented an increase to the I-901 (SEVIS) fees for international students on F visas and for exchange visitors on J visas.  

The new I-901 (SEVIS) fee for students applying for an F visa is $350 and the new fee for exchange visitors applying for a J visa is $220.  More information about the fee increase can be found on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Study in the States website.

What is the SEVIS I-901 Fee?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SEVIS I-901 fee is required of for each student or exchange visitor issued an initial Form I-20 (F-1 Students) or DS-2019 (J-1 Exchange Visitors). The fee for F-1 students is $350 and the fee for J-1 Exchange Visitors is $220. Proof of fee payment must be presented at your visa interview and/or when you arrive at a U.S. port of entry.

If you are a Canadian citizen, you are required to pay the SEVIS fee and provide proof of payment at the U.S. port of entry even though you do not need to obtain a visa.

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Showing Proof of SEVIS I-901 Payment at the Visa Interview and/or the U.S. Port of Entry

You must be able to prove that the fee has been paid when you appear for your visa interview and when you enter the United States. This is done by presenting a receipt that you will print out of your printer after completing the form. Visa officers and U.S. port-of entry inspectors should be able to verify SEVIS I-901 fee payment electronically 3 business days after payment is processed, but in case of problems, having the printed receipt is the best evidence of fee payment.

A visa will not be issued unless verification of the SEVIS I-901 fee payment can be made, and we highly recommend that you pay the SEVIS I-901 fee at least 3 business days prior to your visa interview at the U.S. Consulate.

How to Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

Before You Begin:

  • Make sure you have your recently issued initial Middlebury/MIIS Form I-20 or DS-2019 in front of you. Be sure your personal information is correct on this document before proceeding, paying close attention to your name and birth date. If this information is not correct, do not continue to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. Contact ISSS instead immediately.
  • Ensure that your printer is connected and functioning.
  • Access the SEVIS Form I-901 online at
  • Follow the step by step instructions provided on the following pages. Provide all of the requested information. Items with an asterisk (*) are required.
  • MasterCard, Visa or American Express debit or credit cards are accepted for SEVIS I-901 fee payment. Follow the online instructions, include the required credit card information, and print out the payment screen to verify your payment. Some Students and Exchange Visitors may not be able to pay via credit card depending on country of citizenship or country of birth. If you do not have access to a credit or debit card, please visit for more payment options.
  • A printed receipt needs to be presented at your visa interview or at the U.S. port of entry as proof of payment.  If you do not print your receipt at the time of payment, you can locate your receipt online by entering personal information at

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Service Building - Second Floor
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: 802 443-5858