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International Student: Steps to Enrollment

SEVIS - I-901 Fee

All international applicants to Tyler Junior College must pay the SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) I-901 fee BEFORE setting a Visa appointment at the nearest U.S. Embassy.

I-901 Fee Payment:

What is the purpose of this fee?

The SEVIS I-901 fee is mandated by Congress to support the program office and the automated system that keeps track of students and exchange visitors and ensures that they maintain their status while in the United States. Each student or exchange visitor issued an initial Form I-20 or DS-2019 on or after Oct. 27, 2008, is responsible for paying this fee. The fee is used to:

  • Maintain and update SEVIS
  • Hire and train SEVIS Liaison Officers
  • Staff and manage the SEVP Office to:
  • Support the current version of SEVIS and develop and deploy the next generation of SEVIS
  • Develop SEVP policies and procedures
  • Offer SEVIS-related training, assistance and problem resolution to the schools and exchange visitor program sponsors
  • Maintain enforcement oversight


SEVIS is currently unable to accept SEVIS I-901 fee payments by credit card on behalf of students from the following countries:

  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • Cameroon
  • Kenya
  • The Gambia

If an individual attempts to make a credit card payment for a student or exchange visitor from one of these countries, s/he will receive the following message when a credit card payment is attempted: "The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is not accepting credit card payments at this time. Please remit your payment by cashier's check, money order or Western Union transfer. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation."

If a credit card payment for a student from a country other than those listed above receives this message, please contact the I-901 Helpline (314-418-8833).See the Web sites www.fmjfee.comand for more information on how to pay using alternative methods.