(The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)
SEVIS is an internet-based system that provides tracking and monitoring functionality, with access to accurate and current information on nonimmigrant students such as F, M, and J visa holders and their dependents (F-2, M-2, and J-2). SEVIS enables schools and program sponsors to transmit electronic information and event notifications, to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) throughout a student's stay in the United States. SEVIS will be informed of status events for students including, but not limited to, entry/exit data, changes of current United States address (residence), program extensions, employment notifications, and changes in program of study. SEVIS will also provide system alerts, event notifications, and reports to the schools and programs, as well as for DHS and DOS offices.
The Department of Homeland Security requires the collection of a fee to be paid by certain aliens who are seeking status as nonimmigrant students. The purpose of this fee is to cover the costs for the continued operation of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), including the administration and maintenance of SEVIS, compliance activities, and the establishment of SEVIS Liaison Officers. These SEVIS Liaison Officers will be a local resource for schools and students, providing timely and accurate information or assistance in meeting the requirements of the program.
F-1 Student: $200.00
Spouse: No fee
Children: No fee
To ensure electronic verification of the fee payment at the consular office, non-immigrants paying the fee electronically or by mail must submit the fee at least three business days before the scheduled visa interview to the DHS address listed on the Form I-901. This will allow time for the fee to be deposited and payment recorded in SEVIS.