What is I-901 SEVIS Form?
SEVIS stands for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It maintains current information on nonimmigrant students, exchange visitors, and their dependents (i.e., all those in F or J status). As an F-1 student, you will be assigned a SEVIS number, and a SEVIS record will be created for you. SEVIS will track you from the time you receive your I-20 until you complete your program.
SEVIS is an efficient online internet-based program which is being used by the US department of State, US department of homeland security, immigrations and customs enforcement, all US foreign-base embassies, US department of immigration as well as all the approved and certified universities.
When to pay SEVIS fees?
Once you receive your I-20 or DS-2019 you need to complete your SEVIS I-901 form in order to get registered with the database maintained for US International visitors. During this time you are required to pay the SEVIS fee. The SEVIS fee can be paid easily online through US immigration and customs enforcement website or the SEVIS fees can also be paid through post or through Western Union Quick Pay.
In order to make online payment you must find the form SEVIS I-901 on the website http://www.fmjfee.com/. Then after completing the form online give the necessary mode of payment like MasterCard, American Express card information. Make sure that the name on the SEVIS application form is the same as on the I-20 form. Once the fee is paid make sure to get a printout of the online receipt.
What form is to be filled in?
All the students are required to file a SEVIS I 901 form before appearing for their visa interview. After paying the SEVIS fee of $350, the applicant is required to bring along the confirmation receipt of the fee payment during the visa interview.