For Current Binghamton University Students

Binghamton F-1 and J-1 Students Who Must Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

  • You must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee if you are applying for a change of non-immigrant status to F-1 or J-1.  The fee must be paid before you submit your change of status application.
  • You must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee if you are an F-1 student who has violated the terms of your non-immigrant status and will be applying for reinstatement, and you have been out of status for more than five months. The fee must be paid before you submit your reinstatement application.
  • You must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee if you are an F-1 student who has violated the terms of your non-immigrant status and will seek reinstatement by traveling abroad and re-entering the United States, even if you have an unexpired F-1 visa in your passport.
  • You must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee if you were previously a F-1 student at Binghamton, departed the United States and have not maintained your registration for more than five months, and now plan to return to resume your studies, even if you have an unexpired F-1 visa in your passport.
  • You must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee if you are a J-1 student who wishes to transfer from a U.S. government-sponsored J-1 program (the program code starts with G-1, G-2 or G-3) to a program where the SEVIS I-901 Fee is required.

Binghamton F-1 and J-1 Students Who Do NOT Need to Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

  • You do NOT need to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee if you are a continuing student and plan to travel abroad, even if that travel includes applying for a new U.S. F-1 or J-1 visa
  • You do NOT need to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee if you are a continuing student who is requesting a new I-20 or DS-2019 that is for continued attendance.
  • You do NOT need to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee if you are a continuing student applying for an extension of stay, change in level of study, change in field of study, or if you are applying for reinstatement and you have been out of status for less than five months
  • You do NOT need to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee if you are a continuing student applying for employment authorization, including Optional Practical Training.
  • You do NOT need to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee if you are transferring your F-1 status from one U.S. school to another
  • You do NOT need to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee if you were in valid F-1 or J-1 status, departed the United States and are returning after being absent for less than five months, even if you need to apply for a new visa.
  • Applicants for F-2 or J-2 dependent visas are NOT required to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee.

SEVIS I-901 Fee Rules
If you are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee and will be applying for a visa abroad, or will be re-entering the United States on an unexpired visa, the SEVIS I-901 Fee must be processed before the visa interview or re-entry.

The SEVIS I-901 Fee cannot be paid at the embassy or consulate, or at the U.S. Border.

If you are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee, a visa will not be issued unless the visa officer can verify that the SEVIS I-901 Fee payment has been made. However, you may schedule your visa interview prior to paying the SEVIS I-901 Fee.
The SEVIS I-901 Fee is not refundable. If your visa application is denied, and you decide to re-apply for the same type of visa at a later date, you will not be asked to make a second SEVIS I-901 Fee payment as long as your visa application is made within 12 months of the initial denial.

Procedure for Paying the SEVIS I-901 Fee

  1. Obtain form I-20 or DS-2019 from Binghamton University
  2. Access form I-901 at http://www.fmjfee.com.
  3. Complete form I-901, answering all questions (you must have an I-20 or DS-2019 from Binghamton in order to complete form I-901).  Be sure that you enter your personal information exactly as it appears on the I-20 or DS-2019
  4. Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee. It is essential that your printer be ready before starting the payment process. Do not exit the receipt page until you have successfully printed the receipt.  You will not be able to return to the receipt page.

Note: to complete form I-901, you must enter the Binghamton School Code of BUF(214F)10042000 if you have been sent an I-20, OR the Binghamton Program Number of P104832 if you have been sent a DS-2019.  You must also enter your SEVIS ID number, which is printed at the top right of the I-20 or DS-2019, above the bar code.  It starts with the letter “N.”

 

Showing Proof of SEVIS I-901 Fee Payment at the Visa Interview and/or the U.S. Port of Entry
You must be able to prove that the fee has been paid when you appear for your visa interview, and when you enter the United States.  This is done by presenting a printed receipt.

Visa officers and U.S. port-of entry inspectors should be able to verify SEVIS I-901 Fee payment electronically three business days after payment is processed, but in case of problems, having a printed receipt is the best evidence of fee payment.  If you lose or did not receive a receipt for fee payment, the U.S. government does retain an electronic record that the fee has been paid.

For detailed information on the SEVIS I-901 Fee payment process, and for a list of frequently asked questions, visit: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901

Last Updated: 9/30/16