The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires that all individuals entering the U.S. in J-1 student status pay a $180.00 fee (subject to change) to cover the costs for the continued operation of the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) program. The SEVIS fee is a U.S. Government fee paid directly to DHS. It is not a University fee and does not provide any funds or services to San Francisco State University.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has set up a website on the Internet to accept electronic submission of Form I-901 and payment of the fee using a credit card at: http://www.fmjfee.com. You will need to retain your proof of payment (paper receipt) when applying for your visa as well as when entering the U.S.
Additional details on SEVIS and the SEVIS fee can be found on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program web site.