WASHINGTON – The Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) has finalized adjustments to charges charged by the Scholar and Change Customer Program (SEVP) to worldwide college students, trade guests and SEVP-certified colleges. The brand new charges will take impact June 24, 2019.
The charges are an estimate of the present and projected prices to fund SEVP operations, together with the upkeep of technological programs, the employment of operational employees and ongoing program enhancements.
“SEVP is funded fully by charges, and doesn’t obtain any appropriated funding from Congress,” mentioned Rachel Canty, SEVP program director. “SEVP’s charges haven’t modified since 2008, though our prices have continued to develop resulting from inflation, expanded program operations and enhancements to the Scholar and Change Customer Data System (SEVIS). The brand new and elevated charges will allow this system to proceed to offer oversight of worldwide college students and SEVP-certified colleges.”
Charge will increase embody:
- The I-901 SEVIS Charge for F and M worldwide college students will improve from $200 to $350.
- DHS will keep the $35 I-901 SEVIS Charge for J trade guests within the au pair, camp counselor, and summer time work journey program participant classes, however improve the complete I-901 SEVIS Charge for different J trade guests from $180 to $220.
- The SEVP faculty certification petition payment for preliminary certification will improve from $1,700 to $3,000.
New charges embody:
- A $1,250 payment for SEVP-certified colleges submitting a petition for recertification.
- A $675 payment when colleges file the Kind I-290B, “Discover of Enchantment or Movement.”
- DHS will keep the $655 payment for an preliminary faculty web site go to however may also cost this payment when a SEVP-certified faculty adjustments its bodily location or provides a brand new bodily location or campus to its Kind I-17, “Petition for Approval of College for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Scholar.”
Regulation requires all potential worldwide college students and trade guests to pay the I-901 SEVIS Charge earlier than the U.S. Division of State points a visa. College students and trade guests who pay the I-901 SEVIS Charge previous to the payment implementation date, however earlier than they acquire a visa or enter the USA, is not going to must pay the distinction between the brand new payment and the previous payment. College students and trade guests will proceed to pay the I-901 SEVIS Charge on FMJfee.com.
Colleges will proceed to pay all charges associated to the Kind I-17 at Pay.gov. Ought to a faculty file an preliminary certification or recertification petition, petition replace or Kind I-290B, and it isn’t adjudicated earlier than the payment implementation date, the varsity is not going to be required to pay the brand new or elevated payment retroactively.
Learn the complete rule within the Federal Register.
SEVP displays a couple of million worldwide college students pursuing educational or vocational research (F and M visa holders) in the USA and their dependents. It additionally certifies colleges and applications that enroll these college students. The U.S. Division of State displays trade guests (J visa holders) and their dependents and oversees trade customer applications.
Each use SEVIS to guard nationwide safety by making certain that college students, trade guests, designated sponsors and colleges adjust to U.S. legal guidelines. SEVP additionally collects and shares SEVIS info with authorities companions, together with U.S. Customs and Border Safety and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Companies, so solely professional worldwide college students and trade guests enter the USA.
HSI critiques SEVIS information for potential violations and refers circumstances with attainable nationwide safety or public security issues to its subject workplaces for additional investigation. Moreover, SEVP’s Evaluation and Operations Middle analyzes pupil and college information for administrative compliance with federal laws associated to learning in the USA.
For extra info, go to www.ICE.gov/SEVP.