NAICU Washington Update

Homeland Security Proposes Increase in SEVIS Fees

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released a proposal that would increase Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fees by up to $200 per application. If approved, the new fee structure would go into effect October 1, 2008.

The increased fees would be for international visitors applying for student visas (in categories known as F, J, or M visas). Homeland security feels the revenue is necessary to support SEVIS, the growing database on international visitors. Comments on the proposal, released April 21, are due to the Department of Homeland Security by June 30, 2008.

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