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 […]
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Spring Break Travel Tips for International Students

With spring break right around the corner, more than 1.5 million college students in the United States will flock to popular hot-spot destinations like Cancun, Montego Bay, Panama City and more. Among these traveling college students will certainly be international students, as there are currently more than 1.11 million attending college in the United States. In order to make spring break travel a smooth experience, it’s important for international students to keep certain requirements in mind. Here are some helpful tips to remember when leaving and returning to the U.S.: 1. Get your Form I-20 signed. Before leaving for break, make sure you have a valid, signed Form I-20, which indicates that you are actively enrolled at a U.S. school. When traveling you will be required to present this form to verify that you are indeed an international student. Be sure to check with your designated school official that your Form I-20 will still be valid upon re-entry to the U.S. 2. Check your passport. All international students must have a valid passport in order to depart and return to the U.S. If your passport is slated to expire soon, make an appointment to obtain a new one. This can […]
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