One week into her senior year, Natasha Reifenberg headed to an academic health conference in El Salvador, presenting a policy brief based in research she had been involved in for the last two years. An opportunity usually reserved for distinguished academics, the trip was just one of many highlights in an outstanding undergraduate career that includes internships at the Global Fund for Women and United Nations Development Program and independent research opportunities centered around women’s issues and rights. Reifenberg attributes her accomplishments to her education in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — particularly her philosophy major.
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.
When Francesco Tassi arrived at Notre Dame, he was sure he would major in finance. But a lecture on refugees set him on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration firsthand. Tassi, who was born in Italy and moved to the United States in third grade, traveled widely in high school and spent time living with host families in several countries. Those experiences sparked a passion for learning about and understanding cultures.