All F-1 visa applicants must pay a US $200 SEVIS fee before applying for a visa.
All F-1 visa applicants must pay a US$200 SEVIS fee before applying for a visa.
You can pay this fee online or by mail. Your SEVIS fee can be paid by you or someone else inside or outside of the U.S. Drexel ELC cannot pay the SEVIS fee for you.
To pay your SEVIS fee online:
- Go to www.FMJfee.com
- Go to the bottom of the page and click on the box marked "Proceed to I-901 Form and Payment."
- On the next page, click the button next to "I-20," and then click "OK."
- Complete the I-901 form online.
- Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your I-20.
- The Drexel University school code is PHI 214F 00230000.
- Supply the necessary Visa, MasterCard, or American Express information.
- Print a copy of the online receipt.
- Be sure to make copies of your receipt and keep it with your other important documents.
To pay your SEVIS fee by mail:
Paying the SEVIS fee by mail may take a long time. If you have to pay by mail, we suggest that you apply to Drexel ELC early enough to receive your I-20 at least one month before you apply for your visa. Contact
- Open and complete Form I-901 (PDF). Be sure to write your name EXACTLY as it appears on your I-20. The Drexel University school code is PHI 214F 00230000.
- Prepare a check, international money order, or foreign draft in the amount of US$200, made payable to the Department of Homeland Security.*
- Mail the completed I-901 and payment to the address listed on the Instructions for completing the form.
- A form I-797 receipt notice will be mailed to you. Be sure to make copies of your receipt, and keep it with your other important documents.
*Please note: You can only use a check, money order, or foreign draft that is drawn on a U.S. bank. Many foreign banks are able to issue checks or money orders drawn on a U.S. bank. You may be able to obtain a check from: a) a bank chartered or operated in the U.S.; b) a foreign subsidiary of a U.S. bank; or c) a foreign bank that has an arrangement with a U.S. bank to issue all or one of these. Please contact your local bank to find out.
For more information, visit https://egov.ice.gov/sevis/.
- The most frequent reason for a visa refusal is that the official thinks you may not return to your home country.
- It is impossible to say exactly what evidence you should take to convince the official that you will go home because applicants' circumstances vary greatly.
- Think about your ties to your home country: family relationships, job, home or farm ownership, other commitments.
- Is there any additional evidence that you could present? Did you explain your situation clearly? Did you answer all the questions?
- Consular officers have the responsibility for issuance or denial of visas. If your visa is denied, you can re-apply.
- If you decide to re-apply, you should be prepared to show additional evidence or explain in a different way how your situation has changed since the first application.
- You should try at least twice. If you are refused a second time, the probability that a third try will work is not very high.
Additional information is available at the Department of State website and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.