SEVIS F, M, and J Fee Adjustments

September 11, 2018


On July 17, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published a proposed rule (83 FR 33762) to raise the I-901 SEVIS fee paid by F-1 and M-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors, raise the initial school certification fee that SEVP charges new F and M schools, begin charging a site-visit fee for institutions adding new instructional sites to their Form I-17, and add a new $1,250 fee for F and M school recertification (currently there is no fee for F or M school recertification), among other changes. NAFSA commented on the proposed rule on September 7, 2018. NAFSA's letter recommended that SEVP reduce the SEVIS fee for short-term study, implement smart enforcement, eliminate the site visit fee for new instructional sites, and improve and modernize SEVIS.

Read the Proposed Rule

Read NAFSA's Comment Letter


DHS published the proposed rule in the Federal Register on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. The public has 60 days to submit comments, by September 17, 2018.  NAFSA commented on the proposed rule on September 7, 2018. No proposed changes will become final until DHS analyzes public comment, resubmits the rule to OMB, OMB reviews the rule and the agency's responses to public comment, and the agency publishes a final rule in the Federal Register with a future effective date.


SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to individuals and organizations. DHS proposes to raise the fee for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-901, Fee Remittance for Certain F, J, and M Nonimmigrants, for nonimmigrants seeking to become academic (F visa) or vocational (M visa) students from $200 to $350. For most categories of individuals seeking to become exchange (J visa) visitors, DHS proposes to increase the fee from $180 to $220. For those seeking admission as J exchange visitors in the au pair, camp counselor, and summer work or travel program participant categories, DHS proposes to maintain the fee at $35. In addition to raising the student and exchange visitor fees, DHS proposes to increase the fee for submitting a school certification petition from $1,700 to $3,000. DHS proposes to maintain the fee for an initial school site visit at the current level of $655, but clarify that, with the effective date of the rule, DHS would exercise its current regulatory authority to charge the site visit fee not only when a certified school changes its physical location, but also when it adds a new physical location or campus. DHS proposes to establish and clarify two new fees: a $1,250 fee to submit a school recertification petition and a $675 fee to submit an appeal or motion following a denial or withdrawal of a school petition. Adjusting fees would ensure fee levels are sufficient to recover the full cost of activities of the program and would establish a fairer balance of the recovery of SEVP operational costs between beneficiary classes.

Table of Proposed Fee Changes

Fee Type

Current Fee

Proposed Fee

I-901 F and M Student

$ 200

$ 350

I-901 J Exchange Visitor (full fee, for most categories)

$ 180

$ 220

I-901 J Exchange Visitor (reduced fee, for au pair, camp counselor, and summer work travel categories)

$ 35

$ 35

I-901 J Exchange Visitor in G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-7 programs

$ 0

$ 0

F and M School Initial Certification

$ 1,700

$ 3,000

F and M School Recertification

$ 0

$ 1,250

F and M School Site Visit, for initial school certification

$ 655

$ 655

F and M School Site Visit, for each campus that is added to a certified school's Form I-17 after the eventual fee rule's effective date

$ 0

$ 655

Filing Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion with ICE SEVP to appeal a denial of initial certification or recertification, or a withdrawal of SEVP certification

$ 0

$ 675