The Mumbai Global Center hosted an event to celebrate the Notre Dame community in India and welcome newly admitted students.
SEVIS Fee for F-1 Students & J-1 Exchange Visitors
Certain F-1 nonimmigrants are subject to a fee of $200 for the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. Certain J-1 exchange visitors are subject to a fee of $180. According to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the SEVIS fee was mandated by Congress “to support the program office and the automated system that keeps track of students and exchange visitors and ensures that they maintain their status while in the United States.” The University of Notre Dame does not pay the SEVIS Fee on behalf of admitted students.
The SEVIS Fee is Required for the Following Individuals:
- Those seeking an initial F-1 or J-1 visa from an Embassy/Consulate overseas who have an initial I-20/DS-2019 issued on or after September 1, 2004.
- Those who are exempt from visa requirements and are seeking to enter the U.S. to begin an initial program with an initial attendance I-20/DS-2019 which was issued on or after September 01, 2004. (This includes citizens of Canada and Bermuda, Bahamian nationals, and British subjects in the Bahamian, Cayman, Turks or Caicos Islands.)
- Those seeking a change of status to F-1 or J-1 status.
- Those in F-1 status who are applying for reinstatement after being out of status for 5 months or more.
- Those in F-1 status who have been out of the U.S. for more than 5 months, have not been working towards degree completion in approved overseas study, and wish to reenter the U.S. for a new program of study.
- A J-1 Exchange Visitor who was initially enrolled in a fee exempt program who changed to a non-fee exempt J-1 program.
- Those in J-1 status who are applying for a change of category.
- Those in J-1 status who are applying for reinstatement after a substantive violation or who have been out of status between 121 and 269 days during their current program.
The SEVIS Fee is Not Required for the Following Individuals:
- Continuing F-1 or J-1 non-immigrants who obtained their current status prior to September 1, 2004, or who previously paid the fee for the initial visa and have maintained the same legal status since.
- Those who already paid the fee and are reapplying for an F-1 or J-1 visa within 12 months after a visa denial.
- F-2 and J-2 dependents.
- F-1 students who are changing levels (from masters to PhD, etc.), transferring between schools, applying for post-completion OPT, or program extensions.
- J-1 participants who are sponsored by the U.S. government. If your program sponsor’s program ID number on the DS-2019 begins with G1, G2, or G3, you are exempt from paying the fee as long as you are a participant of that program. The University of Notre Dame’s program does not qualify for this exemption.
- J-1 visitors who are transferring between programs in the same exchange visitor category where no differential fees exist.
Important Fee Details
Nonimmigrants who require an F-1 or J-1 visa MUST present proof of payment (receipt) to the Embassy or Consulate issuing the visa. Students or Exchange Visitors who do not require a visa MUST present proof of payment prior to their application for entry at the U.S. port of entry. (This includes citizens from Canada, Bermuda, Bahamian nationals, and British subject residing in the Bahamian, Cayman, Turks or Caicos Islands.) The fee cannot be paid at the U.S. port of entry and MUST be processed at least three days before arriving for admission at the U.S. port of entry for those who do not have a printed receipt from an Internet payment. Those paying through the Internet will be able to print a receipt at the time of payment. Those paying by mail should allow at least 3 business days to receive a receipt. Third party payments will be accepted, so a friend or relative may make the payment on your behalf. Those who pay the fee but are denied a visa will not have to pay the fee again if they reapply within 12 months for the same visa classification. It is strongly recommended that you have your payment receipt in hand for your visa application and at the U.S. port of entry.
Additional SEVIS Fee Information
For additional information regarding SEVIS and the SEVIS fee and payment methods, please visit the following websites:
- General SEVIS Information: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/index.htm.
- SEVIS Fee & Payment Information: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm.
Nicole Lee will be attending the University of Notre Dame this fall, along with ten other students from the GCS program.
When Kacey Hengesbach began her undergraduate career at Notre Dame, she didn’t imagine that it would include traveling 8,000 miles to Ahmedabad, India. But thanks to a new course created by Neeta Verma, she had the chance to spend three weeks there last summer, working collaboratively with students from India’s National Institute of Design. Hengesbach and the other students in Verma’s Social Design course continued their partnership with the NID students throughout the fall semester, hosting them for a two-week visit to Notre Dame in September and communicating via Skype and email for the remainder of the course.