J-1 scholars must pay a $180 SEVIS fee once per J-1 program.
The fee funds operation of the U.S. government’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program, which oversees SEVIS.
Pay the Fee
You should pay the SEVIS fee online.
You must pay with a credit card: Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.
Remember to print your receipt—you will need it for your visa interview and visa application.
J-2 dependents do not have to pay an additional SEVIS fee.
Your host department, a family member, or a friend may also pay the SEVIS fee on your behalf.
Who Must Pay the J-1 SEVIS Fee, and When?
You must pay the fee if you are pursuing a new J-1 program.
You will pay your SEVIS fee after you receive your SEVIS ID number and Exchange Visitor Program Number from your school or program sponsor. Pay the $180 fee at least three business days before your visa interview.
SEVIS fees are transferable. If you paid the fee for a previously issued DS-2019, you do not need to pay the fee when you apply for a new J-1 visa, provided it is for the same J-1 program.