DHS Publishes Final Rule Adjusting Student and Exchange Visitor Program Fees

On May 22, 2019, the DHS has reported that the fees charged by SEVP (the Student and Exchange Visitor Program) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP- certified schools will be increased beginning June 24, 2019. SEVP does not receive any funding from Congress and solely relies on fees to continue operations; therefore, the increase is necessary to continue to provide oversight of international students and SEVP-certified schools.

The increase will affect the following:

  • The I-901 SEVIS Fee for F and M international students (from $200 to $350).
  • The I-901 SEVIS Fee for J exchange visitors (from $180 to $220). Except: exchange visitors in the au pair, camp counselor, and summer work travel program participant categories.
  • The SEVP school certification petition fee for initial certification (from $1,700 to $3,000).

Also, SEVP will charge new fees for the following:

  • A petition for recertification filed by SEVP-certified schools ($1,250).
  • A form I-290B “Notice of Appeal of Motion” filed by schools ($675).
  • A change of physical location or adding a new physical location or campus to Form I-17 “Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student” by a SEVP-certified school ($655).

If you are an international student or exchange visitor and have questions on U.S. immigration, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law to schedule a consult with one of our attorneys today!

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