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How to Pay the SEVIS (I-901) Fee

Before going to your visa interview, you MUST pay the SEVIS (I-901) fee online. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Dept. requires nonimmigrants seeking an F-1 or J-1 student visa to complete the SEVIS I-901 form and pay the $200 SEVIS fee for F-1 students and $180 for J-1 students. This must be done PRIOR to your request for a visa interview from the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. Here is how to do this:

  1. Go to
  2. Click "Submit Form I-901 and Fee Payment ".
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page, click "I-20" or "DS-2019" button and "OK."
  4. Fill out next page on personal information, click "Enter."
  5. The form requires the "School Code" which is on your I-20. The code for F-1 visa is NOL 214F10733000, and for J-1 visa is P103954.
  6. The form requires the SEVIS Identification Number on the I-20 or DS-2019. This number is in the upper right hand corner of the       I-20 or the DS-2019 and begins with an N and has 10 digits.
  7. Check that the information is correct on the next page.
  8. The Credit Card Form has a place for Cardholder address. You MUST fill this in. It is a required field.
  9. Print at least 2 copies of the last page in this process to have it as your receipt.

For information the on visa application procedures at the U.S. visit the Embassy/Consulate nearest you.


The SEVIS ID number is indicated on your Form I-20 or DS-2019 in the upper right corner above the bar code. The number will begin with "N________"

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 Last Modified 9/25/14