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Payment of I-901 Fee for International Students

13 October 2004 Beginning on September 1, 2004, a payment fee went into effect for all applicants seeking an F-1, F-3, J-1, M-1, or M-3 visa. This is referred to as the I-901 Fee and is used to transmit the fee for the F, M, and J nonimmigrant reporting system authorized by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996, Public Law 104 - 208, Subtitle D, Section 641.

While I-20 and DS-2019 forms will be still issued by approved schools, it is up to the incoming student to pay this fee. It is recommended that you pay this $100.00 fee before your appointment with the U.S. Consulate in your country. Payment of the I-901 can be done via Internet with a credit card or via mail with a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. dollars. It is also possible for people who are in America to pay this fee for you; however, they will need a copy of your I-20 or DS-2019. Payment in this manner can also be done via Internet or through the mail.

Once payment is made, the student will receive a receipt in the mail within two weeks. If paying via Internet, it is possible to immediately print out a receipt; however another official receipt will still be mailed to your home address. You should bring this receipt with you when you go to the U.S. Consulate. If you have not yet received your receipt in the mail you should still go to the Consulate on your scheduled day. Once there, they will be able to verify that you have paid.

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