Each student who receives a new I-20 must pay the $350 SEVIS fee before he can schedule an appointment for an F-1 visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate. (Only students who are transferring an existing SEVIS record from another school are exempt from paying the SEVIS fee.)
You must pay the SEVIS fee online using a credit card at www.fmjfee.com. Be sure to have these items with you when paying the SEVIS fee:
- Your credit card
- Your new I-20
- Your passport
After you have paid the fee online, a receipt page will appear on your screen. Be sure to print out that receipt! That receipt is proof of your payment, and you need to keep that receipt with your I-20. You will probably have to show the receipt at your F-1 visa interview and again when you are entering the U.S.