In an e-mail sent to SEVIS users, DHS's Student and Exchange Visitor Program office (SEVP) announced that beginning November 1, 2004, "students and exchange visitors in more than 130 countries will be able to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee locally using the Western Union Quick Pay™ service. This initiative allows Western Union to collect the SEVIS I-901 fee, in local currency, along with the needed Form I-901 data and electronically transmit the payment and data to SEVP. The properly completed Western Union receipt serves as immediate proof-of-payment for a visa interview at a U.S. consulate and for admission at a U.S. port of entry. This option is available in any country where Western Union offers its Quick Pay service."

Detailed payment instructions, including instructions on how to complete the Quick Pay form, are posted on ICE's SEVIS Web site