Center for International Programs

International Student Services

SEVIS/I-901 Fee

About the SEVIS Fee
The SEVIS Fee, also called the I-901 Fee, was mandated by the U.S. Congress to support the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

To Pay Online (Fastest Method)
Find the Form I-901 online. You can also use this site to check back on the status of your payment or receipt. Complete the form online and be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your I-20 or DS-2019. Saint Joseph’s University’s School Code is PHI 214F00361000 (F-1 students); our Exchange Visitor Program Number is P-1-04984 (J-1 exchange visitors). Supply the necessary Visa, MasterCard or American Express information. Print two copies of the online receipt – bring one to your visa interview or submit it with your change of status or reinstatement application if you have not yet received the Form I-797 receipt notice, keep the other one with your important immigration documents until the official Form I-797 receipt arrives.

To Pay by Mail
First complete the Form I-901. When filling in the form, be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your I-20 or DS-2019. Saint Joseph’s University’s School Code is PHI 214F00361000 (F-1 students); our Exchange Visitor Program Number is P-1-04984 (J-1 exchange visitors). Prepare a check, international money order, or foreign draft drawn on a U.S. bank in the amount of $200 made payable to “I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee.” Many foreign banks are able to issue checks or money orders drawn on a U.S. bank. You may therefore obtain a check from: a) a bank chartered or operated in the United States; b) a foreign subsidiary of a U.S. bank; or c) a foreign bank that has an arrangement with a U.S. bank to issue a check, money order, or foreign draft that is drawn on a U.S. bank. Once you have these ready, mail them to the address indicated on the I-901 Form. You can check the status of your payment online. Within three days of processing your payment, a Form I-797 receipt notice should be mailed to you. Keep this with your other important immigration documents.

To Pay by Western Union QuickPay (available only in countries with QuickPay)
Obtain a copy of instructions and sample QuickPay form by clicking on the appropriate link (for an F-1or J-1 visa). Print out the information and bring it with you to your local Western Union Agent. Take the printout of the instructions and sample form with you. Request a blue QuickPay form at Western Union and fill it out according to the instructions and sample form from the SEVIS Fee website. Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your I-20 or DS-2019 form. Saint Joseph’s University’s School Code is PHI 214F00361000 (F-1 students); our Exchange Visitor Program Number is P-1-04984 (J-1 exchange visitors). Pay the equivalent of US$200 if you want your receipt to be sent to you by air mail (regular postal service) or pay the equivalent of US$130 if you want your receipt to be sent to you via expedited delivery. Continue to follow all directions and pay any additional service fees as directed at the Western Union office. If you receive any receipt, keep it for your visa interview in case you do not receive the Form I-797 receipt notice by that time. You can check the status of your payment online. Within three days of processing your payment, a Form I-797 receipt notice should be mailed to you. Keep this with your other important immigration documents.

Record Keeping
Fee payments should be entered into your permanent immigration record in SEVIS but it is strongly recommended that you retain a copy of your fee receipt Form I-797 and the I-20 or DS-2019 it was paid with to use as needed. You may be asked for proof of payment when entering the United States or applying for benefits once you are here, so it is good to have several copies of your Form I-797. Leave at least one with your family and keep at least one with your passport and other immigration documents.

If your visa, change of status or reinstatement is denied, the SEVIS fee will not be refunded. However, if you reapply for a new F-1 or J-1 visa within 12 months of the denial, you will not have to pay the fee again. This is another reason it is important to keep the Form I-797.