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					Information Regarding SEVIS Fee for Students Admitted for Spring 2005 or After
Enclosed is your I-20 (for F-1 visa) or your DS-2019 (for J-1 Visa) that you must use when applying for
the visa to enter the U.S. to study at Penn State. On September 1, 2004, a new fee – the SEVIS Fee—was
implemented for any student who was issued an I-20 or DS-2019 on September 1, 2004, or after and who
meets one of the criteria in the box below. In almost all cases, new students at Penn State will pay this fee
unless they are transferring schools within the U.S. and remaining in the same immigration status. A
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is available at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm.


You must pay the SEVIS fee if
   • You are seeking an initial F-1 or J-1 visa from a U.S. consulate for initial attendance and the
      document (I-20 or DS-2019) was generated on September 1, 2004, or after. If the J-1 document
      (the DS-2019) was issued by the U.S. government, you are exempt from the fee.
   • You are a Canadian citizen seeking admission at a port-of-entry to begin initial attendance and
      the document was generated on September 1, 2004, or after. (Canadian citizens are visa exempt,
      so the SEVIS fee must be paid before going to the border.)
   • You are currently in the U.S. as a J-1 applying for a change of category—such as a change from
      J-1 scholar to J-1 student (change of category must be approved by the Exchange-Visitor Program
      of the U.S. Department of State).
   • You are in the U.S. in J-1 status and are applying for reinstatement after a substantive violation or
      you have been out of status for more than 120 days but less than 270 days.
   • You are in the U.S. in F-1 status and are applying for reinstatement after failing to maintain
      status; you have been out-of-status for five months or more.
   • You were in F-1 status but left the U.S. more than five (5) months ago (unless you have been on
      an approved, formal study-abroad program).


First Step
You should make arrangements to pay the following fees before applying for the visa:
    1. Pay the SEVIS Fee ($100)—if required—at least 3 days before the visa interview if you pay by
        credit card. There are three ways to pay: by credit card, by check in the mail, or by Western
        Union. Go to http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm for specific instructions on the three
        payment options. If you are able, we recommend payment by credit card because the receipt is
        available immediately. Information including the form and new tracking information is available
        at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm.
    2. Pay the Visa Application Fee ($100). Follow the instructions given by the U.S. consulate in the
        city where you will apply for the visa. To find U.S. consulate information on student visa (non-
        immigrant visa), go to http://usembassy.state.gov/. You can find the visa forms—DS-156, DS-
        157, and DS-158—at http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/forms/forms_1342.html.

Second Step
Take the following documents to the visa interview: I-20 or DS-2019; SEVIS Fee Receipt; Visa
Application Fee Receipt; financial guarantee; visa applications—DS-156, DS-158, and DS-157; letter of
Penn State admission; passport; two photographs; and any other documents required at the consulate.

Final Step
Once you have received the student visa, you should make your plans to arrive at Penn State in time for
the new international student orientation. Please read the Pre-Arrival Booklet because it has useful
information about your documents and entry processing at the port-of-entry. Please address any questions
to the following addresses:
         Questions regarding orientation and arrival: cjw142@psu.edu
         Questions regarding the I-20 or the DS-2019 including corrections/changes:
international@ip.psu.edu.

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