As an international student studying in the U.S. you will be charged fees based on your nonimmigrant status. Review the fees that will apply to you and be sure to check with an OGS advisor if you have any further questions.
The SEVIS fee is a U.S. government fee that supports the operation of the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVIS is the government database designed to allow various U.S. government agencies to see up-to-date information about F and J students, their academic activities, and their accompanying family members.
The SEVIS fee is $200 for F-1 students and $180 for J-1 exchange visitors, effective. There are two ways to pay the fee, either using a credit card at the SEVIS I-901 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement webpage or by mailing an international money order or U.S. bank check. In either case, the fee must be accompanied by government form I-901.
If you were issued an I-20 or DS-2019 for "initial attendance" at NYU and are applying for a visa or change of status, you will be required to pay the fee.
Yes, Canadians are also subject to this fee. You must ensure that the U.S. government has received your fee at least three business days before you apply for admission at a port of entry (land or border crossing).
No, F-2 and J-2 dependents are not assessed the SEVIS fee, only F-1 and J-1 students.
You must wait until you have your I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students) before you can pay the fee. You can schedule an appointment for the visa interview without having paid the fee. However, you must pay the fee at least three business days prior to your visa interview, and be able to show proof that you did pay the fee. If you are not traveling outside the U.S. for a new visa, speak to an OGS advisor for payment details.
Yes, there is a receipt which can be printed out at the time of on-line payment, or is sent by mail to the address provided on the form I-901. Not all U.S. Consulates and Embassies have access to the SEVIS database to verify that you paid, so it is vital that you are able to show the receipt at the time of your visa interview.
Yes, another person can pay the fee on your behalf. However, it is critical that this person obtains the receipt and mails it to you.
As long as you have a printed receipt to verify your payment, you should not be denied a visa based on this ground.
In general, a continuing student will NOT pay the SEVIS fee, even if you need to apply for new visa.
There are, however, exceptions to this. A student who has previously been enrolled WOULD need to pay the SEVIS fee under the following conditions:
J-1 students who are in government-sponsored exchange programs, such as the Fulbright program, are not required to pay the SEVIS fee. The organization issuing your DS-2019 can confirm if you have to pay the fee or not. J-1 students with a DS-2019 issued by NYU do have to pay the SEVIS fee, which is $180.
It is the policy of New York University that the International Student Fee ($90) is charged to an international student every time the student registers for class. This means the student will be charged for registration in the Fall Semester, and again in the Spring Semester. If the student chooses to enroll for Summer classes, the student will be charged only once for the summer.
NYU has officially adopted the following definition of “international student” not only pertinent to the International Student Fee, but also for purposes of accurate data collection related to the NYU international community:
At New York University, an “international student” is defined as any student who is not a United States Citizen, and not a United States Permanent Resident. Please note that refugees and asylees are not considered to be international students at NYU.
The following visa types will be assessed the International Student Fee: A1, A2, A3, E1, E2, E3, F-1, F-2, F-3, G1, G2, G3, G4, H1, H2, H3, H4, I, J-1, J-2, J3, L1, L2, O1, O3, OF, OJ, P1, P2, P4, Q, R1, R2, TD, TN, and V1.
For questions or concerns, please contact Dr. David B. Austell, Assistant Vice President and Director, NYU Office of Global Services (firstname.lastname@example.org).