Bakersfield College

International Students at Bakersfield College

SEVIS Information

What is SEVIS?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based system for maintaining information on international students in the United States.

 SEVIS is administered by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is a division of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the investigative unit in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

What is SEVIS Fee?

The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires the collection of a one-time SEVIS fee of $200 from international students on F-1 visa. 

The following information may be of help to you:  

  • You cannot pay the fees at the Consulate Office.   
  • The fee must be paid at least 3 days prior to your interview.
  • The fee can be paid by the person on your behalf.
  • The fee must be paid directly to DHS by mail, online, or Western Union Quick Pay.
  • You can find information on the form-I-901 ( Fee Remittance for Certain F, J, and M Nonimmigrants) by visiting
  • After paying the fee, you will receive a form I-797 (Receipt Notice) which must be presented when applying for your visa.
  • The SEVIS fee will not be refunded if you are denied a visa; however, if you reapply for a new F-1 within 12 months of the denial, you will not have to pay the fee again.
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