SEVIS Information

I-901 SEVIS Fee


What is SEVIS?

SEVIS is the system that regulates all international student immigration papers. The immigration document Form I-20 is issued from the SEVIS system. Every U.S. school that has international students is authorized by SEVIS to issue the proper immigration documents for application for the student visa.


What is the SEVIS fee?

All international students that receive a Form I-20 and want to apply for their student visa must pay the SEVIS fee of $200.00 at least three days prior to the visa interview. The fee can be paid by mail, on-line or by Western Union. Once you have paid the SEVIS fee, you will receive a receipt, I-797c, that must be presented in your visa interview at the consulate or embassy. Retain this receipt for your records, as it is important for future procedures.

You will receive more information on the SEVIS fee and how to pay it when your acceptance letters and Form I-20 are sent to you upon admission to Oral Roberts University.


Who pays the SEVIS fee?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security began charging a SEVIS fee in September 2004. Students may or may not be required to pay the fee, depending on the following criteria:

You do have to pay the fee:

  • Prospective students with "initial attendance" Form I-20's dated on or after 9/01/2004 who are applying for an "initial" F-1 visa from outside the U.S.
  • Prospective students with "initial attendance" Form I-20's dated on or after 9/1/2004 who are applying for a change to F-1 status from another visa category.
  • Current F-1 students in the U.S. filing for reinstatement after being out of status more than five months and who are issued a Form I-20 for reinstatement that is dated on or after 9/1/2004
  • If you are an F-1 student and you are applying for an F-1 visa following an absence of five months or if you are returning to resume your current program following a leave of absence, you are required to pay the fee.

You do not have to pay the fee:

  • If you are an F-1 student who entered the U.S. in F-1 status on the basis of an I-20 issued before September 1, 2004, you are not required to pay the fee if you have maintained lawful F-1 status without interruption since your initial entry. You should carry copies of your previous I-20(s) showing that you entered the U.S. on the basis of an I-20 issued before September 1, 2004.
  • If you are an F-1 student who entered the U.S. after September 1, 2004 and you have already paid the fee, you do not need to pay the fee again. You should simply show a copy of your original I-901SEVIS fee payment receipt.

Since individual situations may vary, contact the Coordinator of International Students with specific information about your F-1 history, so that we may help you determine whether or not you are subject to the I-901 SEVIS fee.


 When do I pay the SEVIS fee?

The fee must be paid at least three business days prior to applying for your visa, or applying for admission at a U.S. port of entry for those exempt from the visa requirement. The fee must be paid prior to submission of a change of status petition or reinstatement application.


Can I pay the SEVIS fee at a university, consulate or port of entry?

No. At this time, the SEVIS fee can only be processed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) via mail or the Internet.


What about my F-2 dependants?

F-2 dependants do not have to pay the fee, even if the Form I-20 that the F-2 dependants use is issued on or after 9/1/2004.


Do I have to pay if I transfer to another school, travel outside the U.S. or renew my visa?

The SEVIS Fee is not required when transferring schools, changing to another degree program or level, requesting a program extension, renewing an F-1 visa or using F-1 program benefits such as practical training. If you are in status when you travel internationally and are not physically outside of the U.S. for more than five months, you will not be required to pay the fee.


How to Pay SEVIS fee