When you are accepted into the exchange visitor program, you will be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
Most F-1, M-1 and J-1 visa applicants must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee of $180.00. Certain short-term exchange visitor (au-pairs, summer work/travel and camp counselors) will pay a reduced fee of $35.00.
You will be required to furnish a copy of the SEVIS fee receipt when applying for the visa. Visit the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website for further information.
The fee must be processed at least three business days prior to the date of the visa interview. Proof of payment of the fee should be presented at the time the applicant applies for the visa.