Payment of the SEVIS fee is not limited to you. DHS will accept fee payment from a third party individual or institution, either in the United States or abroad, using any of the options below. You will be able to print a receipt electronically if you use payment option #1.
You will receive a receipt by return mail if you use payment option #2. The fee must be paid at least three business days prior to the scheduled date of your interview in order for the payment information to show up on the SEVIS system. You should bring your I-901 receipt with you to your visa interview. The paper receipt can be used as verification in place of the internet verification.
Option #1: Payment by Credit Card
DHS has set up a website on the Internet to accept electronic submission of Form I-901 and payment of the SEVIS fee using a credit card at www.fmjfee.com.We strongly recommend that you use this option if possible. Follow the on-line instructions. Print out the payment screen to verify your payment. Take the payment verification printout with you to your visa interview.
Students & scholars from the following countries are not able to use the credit card option and must use option #2 or #3 below:
Option #2: Payment by Western Union
This option allows Western Union to collect the SEVIS fee in local currency. This option is only available in countries where Western Union offers its "Quick Pay" service. A properly completed Western Union receipt serves as immediate proof of payment for the visa interview. You must request a "Blue Form" by clicking on "Payment Services" or "Quick Pay."
More instructions for paying using this option can be found on the SEVIS website.
When paying by check or money order there are two options:
1. Internet-generated coupon
Students & scholars can go to the fee payment website, enter basic information, print out a coupon, and then mail a check or money order with the coupon to a lock-box address in Missouri. Once the information and fee are processed, SEVIS will be updated with the fee payment information.
2. Paper option
Students & scholars can download or otherwise obtain Form I-901, fill it in, and mail it, with a check or money order, to the specified address in Missouri. Once the information and fee are processed, SEVIS will be updated with the fee payment information.
In both cases, a receipt notice will be issued when the fee is processed. All checks and money orders must be made payable to the "I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee". Only checks and money orders may be used when paying by mail. The check or money order must be made in U.S. dollars and drawn on a bank located in the U.S. The mailing addresses for paying by check or money order using the coupon or the paper Form I-901 are:
P.O. Box Mailing Address: I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee P.O. Box 970020 St. Louis, MO 63197-0020
Street Address for Courier/Express Delivery: I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee 1005 Convention Plaza St. Louis, MO 63101