The SEVIS I-901 fee of $200.00 USD is required and must be paid through the payment website at  Proof of payment is required for a visa interview at a U.S. consulate and for admission at a U.S. port of entry. This receipt should be kept with your I-20.  Completion of the form online and paying with a credit card is the quickest method of payment and receipt of proof-of-payment.  You may use a third party’s credit card with their permission.

For complete information on who needs to pay the fee (or does not need to) see the SEVP website at  There is a complete list of questions and answers on all aspects of SEVIS I-901 fee payment.

Students who were previously approved for an I-901 fee transfer should contact SEVP if they require an updated I-797 receipt reflecting the fee transfer.  They may contact SEVP by emailing All emails regarding this issue should specify “Transfer Receipt” in the subject line of the email. Students must provide their name, date of birth, original SEVIS ID number utilized for payment, as well as the SEVIS ID number to which the payment was transferred. 

For all students who require an I-901 fee payment transfer in the future, please go to the SEVP website at:  The website provides information on those persons eligible for an I-901 fee transfer as well as instructions on requesting a fee transfer.