- Immigration Status
- Staying in Status Overview
- Staying in Status Presentation
- Getting into J Status
- SEVIS Fee Chart
- SEVIS Fee Information
- The SEVIS Fee
- SEVIS Helpful links
- Address Updates
- Completion of course of study
- Visa Options Powerpoint
- Visa versus Visa Status
- US Visas & IU
- Enrollment Information
- Travel & Re-entry
- Financial Aid
What is SEVIS?
SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. SEVIS was created to comply with a 1996 federal law and to automate the collection of required data. This internet-based system has been created in order to maintain current information on nonimmigrant students, exchange visitors, and their dependents (i.e. all those in F or J visa status). SEVIS tracks F and J status holders from the time they receive their documents (I-20 or DS-2019, visa, etc.) until they complete their programs. SEVIS links with colleges and universities, US embassies and consulates, US ports of entry, the Department of State, and exchange visitor programs.
How does SEVIS affect me?
All F-1 and J-1 Students and visitors have a SEVIS record with a SEVIS number. The Office of International Services is responsible for updating your SEVIS record. SEVIS keeps track of certain information about all students, and requires institutions (such as Indiana University) to report the following:
- Full-time enrollment
- Failure to enroll
- Dropping below a full-time course load without prior authorization from the Office of International Services
- Any other failure to maintain student status or complete program
- A change in legal name or address
- Student’s graduation prior to the expected program end date
- Start date of student’s next session
- Program extensions
- Off-campus employment authorization
- Any other major changes to a student’s program
|Fee Required||Effective Oct. 27, 2008|
|J-1 exchange visitor, standard student or research scholar program||$180|
|Student or exchange visitor applying to “Begin a new Program” in J-1 status from outside of the US||$180|
|J-1 exchange visitor violating status and cannot, or does not, resume status in the same program||$180|
|J-1 exchange visitor changing to another program or program category (such as student to research scholar)||$180|
|J-1 exchange visitor participating in federally sponsored program (designated G-1, G-2 or G-3)||None|
|J-1 exchange visitor participating in summer work/travel program||$35|
|J-1 exchange visitor participating in au pair program||$35|
|J-1 exchange visitor participating in camp counselor program||$35|
|Spouse or dependent child of J visitor (J-2)||None *|
|Student or exchange visitors applying for a change of status to J programs||$180|
* Dependents are not charged but proof of payment by the primary visa holder (J-1) is required for applications using DS-2019s dated on or after September 1, 2004.
Who must pay the fee?
- J-1 Students beginning new programs with immigration documents (DS-2019s) issued on or after September 1, 2004, will be required to pay the fee before applying for a visa.
- Non-immigrants already in the United States who want to change to J-1 status will have to pay the fee before applying for a change of status.
- J-1 students who transfer the SEVIS record government issued DS-2019 to a non-government issued DS-2019.
- Canadian citizens must pay the fee before traveling to the US as it will not be possible to pay the fee at the port of entry.
Who does not have to pay the fee?
- J-1 students continuing a program on a DS-2019 issued before September 1, 2004.
- J-1 students in lawful status transferring between schools in the US.
- J-2 dependents.
- J-1 students in lawful status transferring between schools in the same exchange visitor category (except for those exchange visitors whose current DS-2019 was issued by the US government).
- J-1 visitors with a DS-2019 issued by the US government.
To pay the SEVIS fee, follow these steps:
- Contact your local US Consulate or Embassy to inquire about specific requirements for obtaining a J-1 student visa in your home country. A list of Consulates and Embassies can be found at the US Embassy Website.
- As soon as you receive a DS-2019 from Indiana University, follow the US Embassy/Consulate’s instructions to schedule an interview for your J-1 student visa and pay your SEVIS fee (see below). Apply for your student visa as far in advance as possible.
- Pay the $180 SEVIS fee well in advance of your visa interview. The fee can be paid to DHS by mail or online and must be accompanied by Form I-901. If possible, we strongly encourage you to pay using the online option as discussed below. The fee can be paid by you or by a third party, inside or outside the US.
- Bring your SEVIS payment receipt with you to your scheduled visa interview.
Online Payment of the SEVIS Fee:
- Go to www.FMJfee.com.
- Follow the instructions carefully (be sure to insert your name exactly as it appears on your DS-2019) and supply the necessary MasterCard, Visa or American Express credit card information.
- Print a copy of the online receipt.
- We suggest that you make a copy of your receipt, and keep it with your other important immigration documents.
Note: On-line payment is the easiest and fastest method by which to pay the SEVIS fee. Be sure to print your receipt!
Note: A J-1 student with a country of citizenship or country of birth of Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria or Gambia must pay by money order, Western Union Quick Pay or certified check drawn from a U.S. bank - see below.
Paying the SEVIS Fee by Mail:
- Obtain Form I-901 (Fee Remittance for Certain F, J, and M Non-immigrants). Download the form from FMJfee; or Request the form by phone at 1-800-870-3676 (inside the US).
- Complete Form I-901. Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your DS-2019 form.
- Prepare a check, international money order or foreign draft (drawn on US banks only) in the amount of $180, made payable to “The Department of Homeland Security.”
- Mail the completed Form I-901 and payment to the address indicated on Form I-901.
- A Form I-797 receipt notice should be mailed to you within 3 days of processing the fee. Be sure to make copies of your fee application and receipt when it arrives by mail, and keep these documents with your other important immigration documents.
To Pay By Western Union Quick Pay:
- Print out and bring a copy of these instructions along with a copy of the sample form to a local participating Western Union Agent location. To find the nearest Western Union Agent location go to the Payment Solutions Website and select a country or call the telephone number of the Western Union Commercial Services Network Agent in your country as listed in your phone book.
- Request and fill out the blue form. This form is available only from a participating local Western Union Agent location. This form may show words such as “Payment Services” or “Quick Pay” printed in the applicable local language. However, please note that all Quick Pay forms will be blue.
- Once you have obtained the Blue Form from the Western Union Agent location, you must fill out all appropriate information. Be sure to make your intentions clear to the Consular Officer. For additional information, see the SEVIS FAQ.
What do I need to do to apply for an J-1 visa or change of status?
- Obtain the appropriate Form DS-2019 from Indiana University.
- Pay the SEVIS fee by mail or online.
- Make a copy of the I-797 (mail) or computer receipt (online) for your records.
- Submit a copy of the I-797 or computer receipt with your visa or change of status application or
- Exchange visitors who are exempt from visa requirements, such as Canadian citizens, should take a copy of the SEVIS fee receipt to present at the port of entry with the appropriate DS-2019. It will not be possible to pay the fee at the port of entry.
- For change of status or reinstatement applications, if you previously paid the SEVIS fee while attending a different school, you should submit a copy of that school’s DS-2019 form with your application.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will the 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-797 and/or electronic receipt?) to use as needed.
I applied to more than one school, and have more than one DS-2019 form. What happens if I pay the SEVIS fee for one school, and then change my mind and decide that I want to attend a different school? Is my paid SEVIS fee transferable?
Yes. But you must take the DS-2019 form with the SEVIS ID number that you listed on the I-901 form with you to the US consulate/embassy, in addition to the DS-2019 form from the school you wish to attend.
What if my J-1 visa application is denied?
The SEVIS fee will not be refunded. However, if you reapply for a new J-1 visa within 12 months of the denial, you will not have to pay the fee again.
Additional questions or concerns should be directed to the Office of International Services, Poplars 221, 812-855-9086.
Many foreign banks are able to issue checks or money orders drawn on a US bank. You may therefore obtain a check from: a) a bank chartered or operated in the United States; b) a foreign subsidiary of a US bank; or c) a foreign bank that has an arrangement with a US bank to issue a check, money order, or foreign draft that is drawn on a US bank.