SEVIS I-901 Fee Payment for Certain Countries

Date of announcement: 2009

SEVP stops accepting I-901 credit card payments for F-1/J-1 students and scholars from 4 countries

Due to some problems, SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) is currently unable to accept credit card payments made on behalf of F-1/J-1 students and scholars from the following countries:

  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • Cameroon
  • Kenya

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 you wish to continue submitting a new payment please click here."

If a credit card payment for a student/scholar 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.com and www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/ for more information on how to pay using alternative methods.

For Western Union Quick Pay: advise the student/scholar to print the appropriate instructions from the web site Payment by Western Union Quick Pay and to take his/her Form I-20 or DS-2019.  Note: the I-901 Helpline advises that SEVP is not notified instantly about payment through Western Union, so the student/scholar should wait a few days after paying before making a visa appointment or traveling to the US.

The I-901 system will not let anyone pay by credit card on behalf of the students from the above countries. There is no option at this time for someone else to pay other than by cashier's check, money order, or Western Union transfer.