Ways to Pay

How to Pay SEVIS Fee


How do I pay the fee?

The fee can be paid to the DHS by mail, online or by Western Union QuickCollect and must be accompanied by a Form I-901. It can be paid by you or by a third party (friend or relative), inside or outside the U.S.

To Pay By Mail

  • Obtain a Form I-901 "Fee Remittance for Certain F, J, and M Nonimmigrants." Download the form from www.FMJfee.com. Request the form by phone at 1.800.870.3676 (inside the U.S.).
  • Complete the Form I-901. Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your Form I-20.
  • Prepare a check, international money order or foreign draft (drawn on U.S. banks only) in the amount of $100 USD, made payable to the "Department of Homeland Security."
  • Mail the completed Form I-901 and payment to the address listed on Form I-901.
  • A Form I-797 receipt notice should be mailed within three days of processing the fee. Be sure to make copies of your receipt, and keep it with your other important immigration documents.

To Pay Online

  • Find the Form I-901 at www.FMJfee.com.
  • Complete the form online and supply the necessary Visa, MasterCard or American Express information. Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your Form I-20.
  • Print a copy of the online receipt. Be sure to make copies of your receipt, and keep it with your other important immigrations documents.

To Pay by Western Union

  • Go to http://www.ice.gov (under "Border Security" menu, then go to "SEVIS" tab) to find the instructions.
  • When you arrive at your Western Union location, request to fill out the "blue form." You will find a list of instructions on the SEVIS fee website and an example of how to complete the "Quick Collect" form.
  • The Western Union representative will provide you with a receipt that can be used when you apply for your visa. Be sure to keep a copy of this receipt with your other important immigration documents.

Will the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) keep a record of my payment on file?

Fee payments should be entered into your permanent immigration (SEVIS) record, but it is strongly recommended that you retain a copy of your fee receipt (Form I-797c) to use as needed.

I applied to more than one school, and have more than one Form I-20. What happens if I pay the SEVIS fee for one school, and then change my mind and decide that I want to attend the other school? Is my paid SEVIS fee transferable?

Yes. But you must submit the Form I-20 with the SEVIS ID number that you listed on the Form I-901 to the U.S. Consulate/Embassy.