The Sevis fee must be paid before you apply for the visa. Once you pay the fee, print out several copies of the confirmation you receive. You will need at least 3-5 copies of proof of payment. See the following sites for additional details.
You must pay the Sevis fee
- If you are a first-time applicant for an F-1 or J-1 visa
- If you have been out of status or out of the U. S. for more than 5 months
- If you are applying for a different entry visa. For example, you were in the U.S. in J status and are now applying for an F-1 entry visa you are required to pay the SEVIS fee before your application for the entry visa made.
More information can be found at www.FMJfee.com Be sure to print out three to five copies of the receipt. You will need several as you progress through the visa application and entry to the U.S. process.