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J-1 Exchange Visitor Physicians
ECFMG Training Program Liaisons (TPLs)
Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP)
October 27, 2008
DHS SEVIS Fee
Effective October 27, 2008, the non-refundable fee charged by the US Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) to initial J-1 applicants will increase to $180. The fee is also
required for applicants changing status to J-1 and applicants seeking J-1 reinstatement.
J-2 dependents are exempt from this fee. The US government collects this fee to cover
its cost of implementing the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
database for monitoring students and exchange visitors in the United States.
The SEVIS fee may be paid through the Internet at www.FMJfee.com by completing the
electronic version of Form I-901 and submitting a credit card payment. Payment
confirmation will be available immediately and should be printed for use as a receipt
when applying for J-1 status. Additionally, a receipt will be sent by postal mail to the
address indicated on the payment form.
The SEVIS fee must be paid in full before appearing for a visa interview. For those initial
applicants who do not need a J-1 visa to enter the US, the fee must be paid in full
before arriving at the US port-of-entry. Applicants will be expected to present a SEVIS
fee payment receipt for the visa interview at the embassy, or at the US port-of-entry. If,
for some reason, the printed or mailed receipt is not available to the applicant before the
interview at the embassy or port-of entry, the applicant can appear for the interview as
long as the SEVIS payment has been processed by DHS. For information on the SEVIS
fee and detailed payment instructions, visit www.FMJfee.c