SEVIS Fee Requirements

F-1 Students/M1 Vocational Students/J-1 Exchange Visitors

Effective September 1, 2004, all new F-1, J-1 and M-1 visa applicants must pay a one-time fee to supplement the administration and maintenance costs of the Student and Exchange Information System (SEVIS). The following information specifically addresses fee issues:

Who pays the SEVIS fee?

  • Prospective F-1/M-1 students with "initial attendance" I-20s issued on or after 9/1/2004 who are applying for an "initial" F-1/M-1 visa from outside the U.S.
  • Prospective J-1 exchange visitors (students and scholars) with "begin new program" DS-2019s issued by Florida Institute of Technology on or after 9/1/2004 who are applying for an "initial" J-1 visa from outside the U.S.
  • Prospective F-1 students with "initial attendance" I-20s issued on or after 9/1/2004 who are applying for a change to F-1 status from another visa category
  • Prospective J-1 exchange visitors (students and scholars) with "begin new program" DS-2019s issued by Florida Institute of Technology on or after 9/1/2004 who are applying for a change to J-1 status from another visa category
  • Current F-1 students in the U.S. applying for reinstatement after being out of status more than 5 months, and who are issued an I-20 issued for reinstatement that is dated on or after 9/1/04
  • Current J-1 exchange visitors (students and scholars) in the U.S. applying for reinstatement with a new DS-2019 issued by Florida Institute of Technology on or after 9/1/04
  • Prospective J-1 exchange visitors (students and scholars) who are transferring to Florida Institute of Technology from a " US government SEVIS fee exempt" program sponsor.

Will F-1 students, M-1 Vocational Students, or J-1 exchange visitors currently in the U.S. have to pay the fee?

No, unless the student or scholar's individual circumstances change so that he or she fits one of the categories mentioned above.

What about F-2, M-2 or J-2 dependents?

Neither F-2, M-2 nor J-2 dependents are required to pay the fee, even if the dependent possess an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued on or after 9/1/2004.

As a continuing F-1 student, do I have to pay the fee if I transfer to another school, change to a new program at Florida Institute of Technology, travel outside the U.S. or renew my visa?

The SEVIS fee is not required when transferring schools, changing to another degree program or level, requesting a program extension, renewing an F-1 visa or using F-1 program benefits such as practical training. If you are in status when you travel internationally and are not physically outside of the U.S. for more than five months, you will not be required to pay the fee.

As a continuing J-1 exchange visitor, do I have to pay the fee if I transfer to another school, change to a new program at Florida Institute of Technology, travel outside the U.S. or renew my visa?

The SEVIS fee is not required when transferring to a new program sponsor, requesting a program extension, renewing a J-1 visa or using J-1 program benefits such as academic training.

Can I pay the SEVIS fee at a university, consulate or port of entry?

No. At this time the SEVIS fee can only be processed by the Department of Homeland Security via mail or the Internet.

How do I pay the fee?

Visit the SEVIS fee webpage to pay the fee.  We recommend you keep the receipt. This fee must be paid at least three days before your appointment with the embassy.

Where do I get more information?

Contact the ISSS staff for more information:
isss@fit.edu

Visit the US Citizenship and Immigration website for Frequently Asked Questions