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Once you are accepted to a program at St. Joseph's University you will be contacted by the Admissions Office concerning the processing of your I-20.
Once you receive your I-20, you must pay the "SEVIS I-901" fee. This fee must be paid prior to making the student visa appointment. Please do not forget to bring your "SEVIS I-901" fee payment receipt to your student visa appointment. You can pay the fee online at www.fmjfee.com. Once this step is completed, you can set up an appointment to secure an F-1 non-immigrant visa interview at the United States Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
You will need to bring your acceptance letter, supporting financial paperwork and other supporting documents with you to the student visa interview.
Effective September 1, 2004, the Department of Homeland Security implemented regulations requiring a SEVIS fee for students and scholars in the SEVIS system. Effective October 27, 2008 the fee was increased to $200 for all the students applying for F-1 visa. The regulations describing who must pay the fee and how to pay it are described below. For detailed information, please visit ice.gov/sevis.
In general, you need to:
FEE MUST BE PAID BEFORE A VISA WILL BE ISSUED!!
Who Must Pay and When
You will need to fill in a Form I-901 with information from your Form I-20 and pay the required fee. For most people, the SEVIS I-901 fee is $200. You have the option of paying an additional $30 to have your receipt sent by expedited delivery (courier service) rather than by mail.
You can fill in the Form I-901 online at fmjfee.com or send a paper version to:
I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee P.O. Box 970020 St. Louis, MO 63197-0020 United States
If you fill in the Form I-901 online and choose the option to pay by check or money order, you will be able to print a payment coupon. There is a control number on the top of the coupon. Write the control number, your name and your SEVIS ID number on your check or money order and attach the coupon.
The federal law relating to SEVIS, (8 USC §1372 (e)(5), requires that a student present proof of payment before being granted a visa or admission.
The SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt, along with the electronic record in SEVIS and the I-901 payment system, serve as proof of payment. In most cases, your payment can be verified electronically. However, SEVP recommends that you retain a copy of your receipt. Having the receipt will make it easier to prove you have paid. There are cases where your current SEVIS ID number may be different from the number you paid on. The receipt is also useful when you go to a visa interview or, if you are visa-exempt, apply for F-1 status at the POE. The receipt is also your assurance that your payment and fee information were properly processed and posted.
What do I need to take to the embassy or consulate to prove I paid my SEVIS I-901 fee?
We highly recommend bringing your SEVIS I-901 fee receipt. While the embassy or consulate should be able to electronically verify your payment, having the receipt with you proves that the payment was processed correctly and speeds the verification process.
If you paid the SEVIS I-901 fee using a Form I-20 from a different school than the one you will attend, bring the Form I-20 you used when paying the fee, in addition to the form for the school you will actually be attending. If there is no fee differential, the SEVIS I-901 fee you paid will be accepted.
When do I need a receipt?
Only those who are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee will need a receipt. If you are required to pay the fee, you need to do so before your visa interview or filing an application for reinstatement, change of status, etc.
Keep your receipts along with other records pertaining to your nonimmigrant status. It will help to have a copy when:
How long will it take for me to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and get a receipt?
The length of time it takes to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and get a receipt depends on how long it takes for:
Transferring a SEVIS I-901 payment from one SEVIS ID # to another:
What are the basic rules for applying a SEVIS I-901 fee payment from one SEVIS ID number to another?
The basic rules for moving a SEVIS I-901 fee payment between SEVIS ID numbers are:
If you have questions regarding this process please visit ice.gov/sevis/i901, or contact:
Linda Lubranski, Coordinator of Global Studies, and Director of Academic Engagement
Designated School Officer (DSO) for the Long Island Campus
St. Joseph's University
155 West Roe Blvd.
Patchogue, NY 11772
Email: [email protected]