You must pay the fee if you are pursuing a new J-1 program.
You will pay your SEVIS fee after you receive your SEVIS ID number and Exchange Visitor Program Number from your school or program sponsor. Pay the $220 fee at least three business days before your visa interview.
You must also pay the fee if you are a J-1 exchange visitor and are applying for reinstatement of status. If you need to apply for reinstatement, please contact us.
SEVIS fees are transferable. If you paid the fee for a previously issued DS-2019, you do not need to pay the fee when you apply for a new J-1 visa, provided it is for the same J-1 program.