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  • Be a Global Leader

    We are seeking students interested in embracing global perspectives, advocating for diversity and creating a lasting impact in the community. 

  • Global Engagement Night

    All are welcome to join the conversation every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. in 160 Enarson.

  • FLAS Fellowships Awarded

    Foreign Language and Area Studies grants awarded to 52 Ohio State students to support intensive language study.

  • Eyes of Wonder

    Zi Yuan's "Eyes of Wonder" wins 1st Place in People Category of 2019 International Photography Exhibition.

  • Visiting Scholar Research

    Visit Bricker Hall to view research posters developed by international visiting scholars working at The Ohio State University.

SEVIS Fee

What is the SEVIS Fee?

The SEVIS fee, implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is a fee intended to defray costs associated with the administration of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). This rule took effect on September 1, 2004.

Who must pay the SEVIS fee?

  • Students seeking an F-1 visa from a U.S. consulate abroad for "initial" attendance at a U.S. school
  • Students seeking a J-1 visa from a U.S. consulate abroad to commence participation in a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program
  • Persons applying for a change of status to F-1 or J-1
  • Canadians exempt from the visa requirement who are seeking entry at a U.S. port of entry for "initial" attendance at a U.S. school or Exchange Visitor Program
  • J-1 students applying for a change of program category within the United States.
  • J-1 students transferring from fee-exempt federal government sponsored programs (such as Fulbright) to other J-1 programs
  • J-1 students transferring from reduced-fee J-1 programs to full-fee J-1 programs
  • J-1 students applying for reinstatement
  • F-1 students applying for reinstatement
  • F-1 students who have been absent from the United States for more than five months and wish to reenter the United States to continue in the same course of study

How do I pay the SEVIS fee if required to do so?

Those required to pay the fee must do one of the following:

  • File Form I-901 (available at FMJfee.com), with DHS by mail along with a check, money order or foreign draft drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. currency
  • Electronic submission of Form I-901 to DHS using credit card or other electronic means of payment accepted by DHS (please visit FMJfee.com for more information)
  • Western Union Quick Pay. Click here for instructions.
  • Any future DHS-approved payment services