Sevis fee

Payment of the $200 SEVIS Fee

As of September 1, 2004, all students intending to enter the United States on an F-1 visa must pay a separate $200 fee to the US Department of Homeland Security.

This $200 SEVIS fee must be paid and fully processed before you arrive to the US consulate or embassy in your country for your student visa interview.

Purpose of the new fee

The $200 SEVIS fee took effect on September 1, 2004, and is required by the US Congress to help pay for the costs of SEVIS, an automated computer system used by schools, including the Boston Academy of English, to ensure that students remain in status during their stay in the United States.

Note that this $200 SEVIS fee is separate from any visa fees you must pay to have your F-1 visa processed in your home country.

How to pay the $200 SEVIS fee

For official instructions on paying the $200 SEVIS fee, you should refer to the website of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). A summary of the instructions is below:

  1. Receive I-20 - In order to pay the $200 SEVIS fee, you must first receive your I-20 from the Boston Academy of English. Your SEVIS number will be in the top right corner of the I-20. You will need this SEVIS number in order to pay the SEVIS fee.
  2. Complete and submit Form I-901 & Submit Payment - The best way to pay the SEVIS fee is online with a credit or debit card. Go to and click ‘Submit Form I-901 and Fee Payment’. Choose ‘Form I-20 and click ‘OK’. Complete your personal information, then submit your credit or debit card information.
    If you cannot pay with a card online, you can also submit the payment through Western Union Quick Pay in your home country. In this case, you will need to complete the information on the website, then print your payment coupon. Bring your payment coupon to your local Western Union location and use the following information to send the payment. You can learn more details online at: 
    Company Name (or Code City): SEVISFEE
    Account Number: Use the Coupon Number on your Payment Coupon.
    Amount of Money: $200
    If you cannot pay by credit card, debit card, or Western Union, please contact our school.

Payment Assistance in the United States

It is possible for a friend, relative, or sponsor in the United States to make the $200 SEVIS payment on your behalf. They will need to follow the same payment instructions and complete the form with your information. Please note that the person making the $200 SEVIS fee on your behalf will need a copy of your I-20.

Receipt of payment and student-visa appointment

If you pay your $200 SEVIS fee online, you will be able to print a receipt of your payment immediately. If you pay through Western Union, you can obtain your receipt by going to and choosing ‘Check I-901 Status/Print Payment Confirmation’. You should print this receipt and take it to your student visa appointment at the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country as proof of payment.

Student-visa interview

The SEVIS fee payment must be submitted before you attend your visa interview. You will also need to submit the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application (see and submit any associated fees. This will include a $160 Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee, and may include additional fees depending on your country. Visit the website for your local US embassy or consulate to learn about the fees, visa application process, and how to make your payments.


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has created an official list of Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) to help answer your questions about making the $200 SEVIS fee payment.