International students applying to universities and colleges in the US are going to be facing a steep increase in their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fees starting June 24, 2019. SEVIS fees which is a mandatory charge for all students on F1, M1 and J visa holders applying to come to the US for either an academic coursework or an exchange program.
What Does the Increase in SEVIS Fee Look Like?
Currently the SEVIS fee is $200. The DHS has marked an increase of 75% and 76% respectively. The SEVP has seen a sharp jump as well as seen below:
Why is the Fee for International Students Increasing?
This fee is a mandatory requirement and needs to be paid in full before the student goes for visa interview. The student should have his fee receipt and the I-901 printed confirmation page along for his interview. The fees are an estimate of the current and projected costs to fund SEVP operations, including the maintenance of technological systems, the employment of operational staff and ongoing program enhancements.
If you are an international student and looking to apply for an academic or exchange program in the US, follow the step-by-step guide on how to apply for a student visa.