SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is the data base of the U.S. Federal Government Department of Homeland Security 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. Information on SEVIS and the fee can be found at www.ice.gov/sevis
You are required to pay the $200 SEVIS fee to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prior to applying for the F-1 visa. (This is not a school fee or your visa application fee). You must have a paper receipt showing payment of this fee when applying for the visa. Take your receipt to the visa interview. The SEVIS fee cannot be paid at the consulate.
Payment can only be made by one of the following: 1) by credit card over the internet; 2) by Western Union Quick Pay service using local currency. Go to www.ice.gov/sevis/i901 for information and instructions on paying the fee.
You will be requested to enter specific information found on the I-20 enclosed in your packet. If paying on-line, you will see and be able to print your SEVIS receipt immediately. If using Western Union, your payment will be linked to your I-901 form immediately. When you have access to a computer linked to a printer, go to www.ice.gov/sevis/i901 and click on the "Check I-901 Status/Print Payment Confirmation" button, enter the requested data and print your receipt.