SEVIS (I-20, DS-2019) Information


Step 1: Verify your personal information on your Form I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1). Ensure that your name and birth date match your passport. If you find mistakes notify our office immediately.

Step 2:  Read page 2 of your Form I-20 or DS-2019. On Form I-20, print and sign your name and date your Form at Number 11. On Form DS-2019, complete “Exchange Visitor Certification” Box (at bottom).

Step 3:
  Prior to applying for your F-1 or J-1 student visa you must pay a $200 SEVIS fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). You can pay the SEVIS fee two ways: (1) online by credit card or (2) mailed by check or money order. You will be able to print a receipt electronically if you use payment option #1. You will receive a receipt by return mail if you use payment option #2.
There are special instructions for students from Bermuda, Canada, China and India.

For electronic submission of Form I-901* and payment of the SEVIS fee using a credit card, go to Follow the on-line instructions. Print out the payment screen to verify your payment. Take the payment verification printout with you to your visa interview. The fee must be paid at least three business days prior to the scheduled date of your interview in order for the payment information to show up on the SEVIS system. We strongly recommend that you use this option if possible.

When mailing payment, the check or money order, payable to “I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee,” must be made in U.S. dollars and drawn on a bank located in the United States.
There are two options:
a. Internet-generated coupon*. Students can go to the fee payment website, enter basic information, print out a coupon, and then mail a check or money order with the coupon to a lock-box address in Missouri (below).
b. Paper option. Students can download or otherwise obtain Form I-901*, fill it in, and mail it, with a check or money order, to the specified address in Missouri (below).

Once the information and fee are processed, SEVIS is updated with the fee payment information and a receipt notice is issued via postal mail. The mailing addresses for mail payment are:

P.O. Box Address:
I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
P.O. Box 970020
St. Louis, MO 63197-0020

Street Address for Courier/Express Delivery:
I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
1005 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101

DHS will accept fee payment from a third party individual or institution (other than the student), either in the United States or abroad, using either option #1 or option #2 above.

a. You will need information from your Form I-20 or DS-2019 in order to complete the I-901.
b. You will need Kent State University’s School Code. Our School Code is CLE214F00387000 for F-1 students (I-20’s) and P-1-02089 for J-1 students (DS-2019).

Students from Canada and Bermuda are exempt from typical visa requirements. Instead, those students should provide SEVIS fee payment verification along with Form I-20 or DS-2019 to a Customs and Border Patrol Officer at the port of entry when applying for entry into the United States as an F-1 or J-1 student.

IF YOUR VISA IS DENIED, you may reapply for the visa within a 12-month period, without having to pay the SEVIS fee again.

If you have obtained an I-20 or DS-2019 for a spouse or children, they do not have to pay a SEVIS fee in order to apply for an F-2 or J-2 visa.

If you have been accepted to more than one institution and paid the fee using the SEVIS ID number of another institution but you wish to attend Kent State, you will not have to pay the fee again. Bring the I-20s of both the schools to the consulate or port-of-entry and tell the officer you wish to attend Kent State University.

For additional details on SEVIS and the SEVIS fee, access the SEVIS website.

Step 4:  Schedule the visa interview. The documents you need for the interview are: valid passport, Form I-20 or DS-2019, your I-901 receipt and financial documents showing sufficient funds to study abroad. The officer will review the documents and return all documents to you.

Step 5:  At the port of entry into the U.S., present your passport stamped with valid visa and Form I-20 or DS-2019 to a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Officer. The officer will review and stamp your passport with your visa status and date. Be sure to collect all of your documents and retain any additional documents given to you by the CBP Officer.

Step 6:
Upon arrival at Kent State University report to the Office of Global Education, 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road. You must present your passport and Form I-20 or DS-2019. The same documentation is required for any accompanying dependents. Failure to report to the school listed at Number 2 on your Form I-20 will be reported to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as a violation of your immigration status.

Never leave your documents unattended. These forms are critical to your stay in the US.  

If you have questions on the procedures listed here email