What is SEVIS?
SEVIS (Student Exchange and Visitor Information System) is the internet based program that is used by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland security and all certified US colleges/universities to monitor F-1 visa students in the United States.
What is the SEVIS Fee?
The SEVIS fee was mandated by U.S. Congress on September 1, 2004 and is used to cover the costs of maintaining the program and to provide assistance and technical support for SEVIS users. The SEVIS fee must be paid by all F-1 visa applicants prior to the visa appointment at the US Embassy. The SEVIS fee is currently $200 for F-1 visa students. The fee can be paid on the Web, by mail and at Western Union offices that offer the Quick Pay service.
The SEVIS I-901 Web site at www.fmjfee.com should be accessed to pay the SEVIS fee. .
To Pay Online:
- Find the Form I-901 at http://www.fmjfee.com/
- Complete the form online and supply the necessary Visa, MasterCard or American Express information. *Be sure to write your name exactly how it appears on your I-20 form.
- Print a copy of the online receipt.
What does SEVIS mean to International Students?
All F-1 visa student records are reported through SEVIS throughout the semester. Such information includes: student identification information, current physical address, enrollment information, program status and disciplinary action information.
How do I maintain my F-1 Status?
- Ensure your I-20 form remains valid throughout your studies. Please check item #5 on the I-20 for the expiration date.
- Submit a change of address to the International Student Center (ISC) at Irvine Valley College within 10 days of moving.
- Inform the ISC advisors of any change in the course of study and/or major.
- Register for and maintain and successfully complete a minimum of 12 units each fall and spring semesters. If the initial attendance starts during the summer, then students must successfully complete a minimum of six units during that summer term.
- Reduced Course Load: In limited circumstances, students may be eligible for a reduced course load. All requests must meet US DHS requirements and be approved by the International Student Advisor
- On-Line Enrollment Limitation: Students may only enroll in one (1) three unit online course per semester that may be applied to the 12-unit requirement; 9 units must always be in-class.
- Must complete transfer procedures within 60 day grace period.
- Must depart the U.S. within 60 days when you complete a program.
- Students who do not complete a program or dropout do not have a 60 day grace period.
- Must comply with your F-1 student visa terms and laws as stated on page 3 of your I-20 form. Failure to comply with the law will place the student "out of status" requiring official reinstatement by US DHS. Reinstatement is not guaranteed and students are advised to maintain status throughout their studies at IVC.
If you have any questions about your F-1 visa status, please visit the International Student Office to schedule an appointment with an advisor between our office hours: Monday - Thursday 9am - 4pm and Fridays 9am - 12pm.