I-20 Fee for F-1 Visa Applicants
Effective September 1, 2004:
The Department of Homeland Security will begin collecting a processing fee for those students who enter the United States as a student or exchange visitor with a Form I-20 or DS-019 dated on or after September 1, 2004.
How much is the fee?
- The fee for issuing an I-20 after September 1, 2008 for F-1 students is $200.00
When do I pay the fee?
- Applicants who require a visa to enter the United States must pay the fee before going to the U.S. embassy or consulate for their visa interview
- Applicants who are citizens of Canada, Bermuda, Bahamas or residents of certain other islands must pay the fee before appearing at the U.S. Port of Entry
- Non immigrants currently in the United Statues who apply for student or exchange visitor status must pay the fee prior to filing their change of status application.
How do I pay the fee?
Note: You must have your I-20 from RCTC before completing the I-901 Form.
- The $200 fee can paid through the Internet at www.fmjfee.com. Use a credit card and complete the online Form I-901.
- The $200 fee can be paid through the mail. Submit a completed Form I-901 and a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. currency
- The fee can also be paid through a sponsor
When must I pay this fee?
- The fee must be paid at least three business days prior to your visa interview for both Internet and mail payments.
How will the government know I have paid?
- Your payment will be recorded in SEVIS. You should also bring paper I-797 or the Internet-generated receipt to your visa interview.
Do continuing students have to pay the $200 fee?
Continuing students must pay the $200.00 fee when:
- They file an application for reinstatement when they have been out of status for more than five months
- They apply for a new visa or return to the United States after an absence of five months that did not involve authorized overseas study
- They file an application for a change of status to an F, M, or J classification (except for changes between F-1 and F-3, or M-1 and M-3)
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