All accepted international students and scholars applying for an F or J visa will become part of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) when an I-20 or DS-2019 is created for you. SEVIS is a national tracking/monitoring system that will allow the U.S. government to monitor and track various events during your program of study. Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Office of International Education handles all SEVIS records for all international students and scholars. We are required to report your U.S.A. address, registration of classes, and any changes within your program at IUP. For more information, see Study in the States.
As of September 1, 2004, all F, M, and J visa applicants must complete Form I-901 and pay a SEVIS fee, $200 for F Visa and $180 for J Visa, to the Department of Homeland Security before applying for a new visa. Take the receipt to your interview. Dependents and spouses are not required to pay. The purpose of the fee is to cover the costs of administering and maintaining SEVIS. If you have questions, please visit the Student and Exchange Visitor Program fee processing website for information on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website; call (from overseas) 011+ 785-330-1048; or e-mail fmjfee.SEVIS@dhs.gov.
Go to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program fee processing website and complete Form I-901 and make a payment via credit card. A receipt can be printed immediately. Do not forget to print a copy. It will take approximately three days for payment to be processed. Please allow plenty of time for this to clear before your visa interview.
Form I-901 (print from website above) can be completed and mailed with payment to:
I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
1005 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
To find the Western Union closest to you, see Western Union’s Global Payment Solutions. If this is available in your country, print forms and instructions from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website, bring them to a local Western Union, and request and complete a blue form.
Students from these countries must pay by Western Union, check, or money order only: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Kenya.Because of fraudulent I-901 fee charge-back practices in certain countries, SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) is currently unable to accept credit card payments made on behalf of students from the following countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Kenya. If you attempt to pay by credit card and are from one of these countries, your payment will not be processed. Contact the I-901 Helpline (314-418-8833) for assistance.
Please make checks and money orders payable to I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee. Be sure to write your SEVIS ID on the check. Payment may be made by credit card, check, or money order in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank. We highly encourage you to use a credit card whenever possible, as it will generate the receipt you need quicker. A receipt will be given within three weeks. To expedite the process, the student or exchange visitor also has the option to use a courier to receive the I-797 receipt. The courier option is available at an additional cost of $35 and is a flat rate, so that the cost of the delivery does not depend on the country where the applicant is located. Once the fee is paid, keep your receipt of payment for visa interview. If your visa is denied, the SEVIS fee is valid for 12 months when reapplying for a visa. All initial attendance F, M, and J applicants must pay this fee before applying for a visa.
Visa Wait Times
Plan as well in advance as possible. Contact your local embassy or consulate for an appointment. To find your closest U.S. Embassy, go to the list of embassies on the U.S. Department of State website. Visit your embassy or consulate’s website for specific application procedures. IUP does not have any power to influence your consular officials, so please do not ask us to call or fax letters to your consulate or embassy. Please use the IUP letters in your acceptance packet.
As a student, you will be applying for an F-1 (I-20) or J-1 (DS-2019) visa. U.S. law states that F and J visas are given to persons who intend to remain in the U.S. temporarily and their primary purpose is for academics. Do not use Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s immigration document to obtain a visa if you do not plan to attend IUP. We will not transfer you to another institution during your first semester in the U.S.
What you will need to obtain a student visa:
Note: To assist you with getting a U.S. driver’s license, identification card, and Social Security number in the U.S., make sure the date of birth, spelling, and order of names are the same on visa, I-20 or DS-2019, and I-94.
If you have an F-1 or J-1 visa and have dependents who will accompany you to IUP:
You may check your visa application status by going to Visa Application Status Tracker.
If your visa is denied, you can apply again within the same year. If you decide to defer until the next semester, notify the Office of International Education in writing as soon as possible. Your SEVIS fee is valid for twelve months.
Please make plans for your housing and transportation.
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