Helpful Information

When completing the I-901, note that:

  • For F-1 students the SEVIS School Code for Brandeis is BOS214F00063000 
  • For J-1 students, the Program Number for Brandeis is P-1-01781

SEVIS I-901 Fee Frequently Asked Questions

SEVIS I-901 Fee Guidance (PDF) - ISSO publication

USICE Instructions on Paying SEVIS I-901 Fee through Western Union

Western Union Locations

SEVIS I-901 Fee Online Payment Site

Paying the SEVIS Fee

What is the SEVIS Fee?

Pay SEVIS Fee Online Using Credit Card

Pay SEVIS Fee by Check or Money Order

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, more commonly known as SEVIS, is a central computerized system that maintains and manages data about foreign students, exchange visitors and their dependents during their stay in the United States. 

Since August 2003, all institutions in the United States that host foreign students and exchange visitors have been required by U.S. law to use SEVIS to maintain data about all F, J and M visa holders at their institutions.

What is the SEVIS Fee?

The SEVIS fee, implemented in October 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security, is used to cover the costs of operating the SEVIS program.  The SEVIS fee is a separate fee in addition to any other visa application/processing fees.

Individuals will need to provide evidence that the SEVIS fee has been paid at the time of their visa interview.

We recommend paying the fee online at least 3 business days prior to entering the U.S. in F or J status.

Canadian Citizens:  Although Canadian citizens are not required to apply for an F or J visa stamp at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside of the United States, all Canadian citizens must still pay the appropriate SEVIS fee.   Canadian citizens will need to provide evidence that the SEVIS fee has been paid as they apply for F or J visa status at the U.S. Port-of-Entry. 

What are the SEVIS Fee Payment Options?

Pay SEVIS Fee Online Using Credit Card

The fastest and most convenient method of paying the SEVIS fee is by filling out the online I-901 form which requires a credit card for payment.  If you are able to pay the SEVIS fee by credit card, we recommend this method.

Pay SEVIS Fee by Check or Money Order

Complete the paper Form I-901.  Instructions for completion of the form are included with the form.

The only forms of payment that will be accepted by mail are checks or money orders.  Do not mail cash. 

All checks and money orders must be made payable in U.S. Dollars and must be drawn upon a bank located in the United States. 

Make checks and money orders payable to I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee.

Write the name and SEVIS ID number of the student or exchange visitor on checks.

Mail I-901 Form and Payment To:

I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee

PO Box 970020

St. Louis, MO 63197-0020



Courier the I-901 Form and Payment To:

I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee

1005 Convention Plaza

St. Louis, MO 63101


Please note that this fee CANNOT be paid until you have received your Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) from Brandeis University.

Please make sure that your name on your SEVIS fee payment matches the name as it appears on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.  This name should also match your passport.

Continue to Step 3:  Schedule & Prepare for your Visa Interview

Go Back to Step 1:  Submit the VIDOF & Required Documents