Paying SEVIS Fees

Paying SEVIS Fees

Paying the SEVIS I-901 Fee for F-1 Students

A student requesting an F-1 visa is required to pay a $350 SEVIS fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is the federal database that keeps records on students studying in the U.S. Federal law requires that this database be supported by fees paid by students and exchange visitors. You must show proof that the $350 SEVIS fee has been paid during visa appointment and/or arrival in the U.S. The SEVIS fee is separate from the visa fee you will pay to the embassy or consulate to receive your F-1.

Canadian citizens must also pay the SEVIS fee and show the receipt when arriving in the U.S.

Transfer F-1 Students: You do not need to pay the SEVIS fee a second time if you are a SEVIS transfer student who is transferring your existing F-1 record to University of Dallas.

How to Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

  1. Use the I-901 SEVIS fee FAQs for guidance regarding payment method, frequently asked questions, and more.

  2. Visit the SEVIS Fee Payment website and follow the instructions.

  3. Take your printed receipt with you to your visa appointment and when you arrive in the U.S. 

Additional SEVIS I-901 Fee Information

  • F-2 dependents do NOT have to pay a SEVIS fee. The FAQ on the DHS website includes a list of others who do not have to pay the fee.
  • Anyone can pay the SEVIS fee on behalf of any student.
  • University of Dallas does not pay the SEVIS fee for you.
  • The SEVIS fee only has to be paid once per initial F-1 SEVIS record (i.e. once per SEVIS number)
  • An additional visa application fee will be charged at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • Printed confirmation of the SEVIS fee from serves as proof of payment.
  • You cannot pay the SEVIS fee until an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility has been issued to you.