SEVIS Fee Requirement

You must pay the SEVIS fee after you receive your I-20.  You must pay this fee before your F-1 visa interview at a U.S Consulate.

Who pays the SEVIS fee?
A new student with an initial attendance I-20 who is applying for an new F-1 visa.
A new student with an initial attendance I-20 who is applying for a change to F-1 status from another status (B-2 for example).
A current F-1 student in the US filing for reinstatement after being out of status more than 5 months.

Can someone else (friend or family member) pay the fee for me?
Yes. But you should have a copy of the fee payment receipt that proves that they paid the fee for you. 

Do I have to pay the fee if I travel outside the US?
If you travel outside the U.S. for more than five months, you must pay the fee. If you are a continuing student who must renew your visa, you need not pay the fee.

How do I pay the fee?
To pay the SEVIS fee, go to www.fmjfee.com.