SEVIS - International Visitor Database

We encourage you to schedule your interview as soon as possible.

Foreign students and exchange visitors bring invaluable contributions to our nation. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano

After receiving your I-20 or DS-2019, complete the SEVIS I-901 form (Students and Exchange Visitor Information System) to register with the US international visitor database. You will also pay the SEVIS fee of $200 for a F visa and $180 for a J visa.

You can fill out the form online, but you will need the I-20 or DS-2019 before you can complete the form. You can pay online using a debit or credit card, and spouses and dependents do not need to pay the fee if they are going to the US on F-2 or J-2 visas.

For more information about the SEVIS programme, please see the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.


Note: This page is meant to be a general guide to the visa application process. Local US Embassies are the official source of information on visas, and any information provided to you by the US Embassy supersedes information on this webpage.


For more information on visas visit the US State Department website. They have sections on  

F Visas and J Visas. You may also want to review the information provided by the US Embassy in London. Additionally, talk with your US university or visa sponsor for further information. If you are not a UK citizen, we encourage you to also read the US Embassy London's webpage on visas for non-residents.