When do I pay the SEVIS fee? The fee must be paid at
least 3 business days prior to applying for your visa. The fee must
be paid prior to submission of a change of status petition or
Can I pay the SEVIS fee at a college, consulate, or port of
entry? No. At this time the SEVIS fee can only be
processed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) via mail or
How do I pay the fee? The fee can be paid to DHS by
mail or online and must be accompanied by a Form I-901. It can be
paid by you or a third party, inside or outside the United States.
Will F-1 students already in the U. S. have to pay? No,
unless the student’s circumstances change so that he or she fits
into one of the three categories above.
What about my F-2 dependents? F-2 dependents are not
required to pay the fee.
Do I have to pay if I transfer to another school, 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 (5)
months, you will not be required to pay the fee.
Can I get a refund of the SEVIS fee if I am denied my visa or
decide not to travel to
the U. S.? No. In general the SEVIS I-901 fee is
Tonie Niblett, Dean
of Student Services, International Student Advisor
256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001 ext.