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!