Paying the SEVIS Fee

For F-1 Students Using Form I-20

All new F-1 Students using I-20 must pay a $200 SEVIS fee prior to applying for a U.S. visa. F-2 dependents do not have to pay the SEVIS fee.

When should you pay the SEVIS fee?

The SEVIS fee must be paid at least three days prior to submitting the application for a U.S. visa. Canadian citizens, who are exempt from the visa requirement, must pay the SEVIS fee at least three days prior to applying for admission to the U.S. at a U.S. port of entry.

How do you pay the SEVIS fee?

You may pay this fee with a credit card through an internet connection or by mail in the form of a check or money order to DHS. Third party payment is permitted. To pay the fee on-line, go to Complete the form supplying the necessary information. Be certain that your name appears exactly as it appears on the I-20 form.

The SEVIS ID# is the number which begins with N000 located in the upper right hand corner of the I-20 form.

The School Code is: BOS 214 F 10162000

On the second screen you will provide the payment information. If you pay by credit card, you will immediately receive a receipt of the payment. Print out the receipt (the print button is at the bottom of the receipt page.) A receipt (I-797) will also be mailed to you. If you are paying by mail, you will print out the I-901 form and send it to the address indicated with a check or money order in US dollar for $200.

The receipt is proof you have paid the fee. You will need to present the fee receipt with your application for a visa. (Canadians will need to present the fee receipt at the U.S. port of entry.)

For more information about the SEVIS fee, see this Web site.

Reprinting Your SEVIS Fee Receipt

1 Visit the Student and Exchange Visitor Program SEVIS page.
2 Enter your information and click the "CHECK STATUS" button.
3 Click on the "here" hyperlink in the text body.
4 Print the SEVIS fee receipt that appears.