Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

International Students to Pay $100 Fee for SEVIS Administration

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

International Students to Pay $100 Fee for SEVIS Administration

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The Department of Homeland Security announced at the end of October that most international students are now required to pay a $100 fee to cover the cost of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) that tracks their whereabouts on college campuses.

International students can pay the fee over the Internet by credit card or by check or money order by mail. J1 exchange visitor visa holders will have to pay a lesser fee of $35. The fees pay for the upkeep of the SEVIS database and for liaison officers that work with the schools to make sure they are complying with the tracking system.

Once an international student is admitted to an institution in the United States, the student pays the SEVIS fee, applies for a visa to study in the United States, and then is approved or denied by a consular official in their home country. If a student is rejected for a visa, they will not have to pay the SEVIS fee again as long as they reapply within nine months of the denial.

NAFSA, the association of international educators, has criticized the fee payment system arguing that it poses problems to students without Internet access, credit cards or reliable mail delivery. …

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