Proposed Fee Increase for F, M, and J Applicants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed an increase in application fees charged by Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The fee increases are related to the payments submitted with Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) form I-901.

Proposed Fees

Assuming this proposal is implemented, the I-901 SEVIS fee for F-1 academic students, M-1 vocational students, and F-3 and M-3 commuter students will increase from $200 to $350. The fee for most J-1 exchange visitors will increase from $180 to $220. For J exchange visitors under the au pair, camp counselor, and summer work or travel program the proposed fee will remain at $35. The fee charged to schools petitioning for SEVP certification will also increase, from $1,700 to $3,000.


The DHS is accepting public comments on this proposal through September 17, 2018. If the rule is finalized, it will be the first SEVIS fee increase since 2008.


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