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International Students


Program Center

Deputy Hall 103
Summer office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Office hours (during the Academic Year): 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (M-F)
Phone: 218.755.4096
Fax: 218.755.2074

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #13
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907


How to Pay the SEVIS Fee:

We strongly recommend paying the fee online or at a Western Union office or by mail and MUST be accompanied by a Form I-901. It can be paid by you or by a third party, inside or outside the US.

NOTE: A citizen of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, or Cameroon, will not be allowed to pay the SEVIS fee online—you MUST pay either by mail or at a Western Union office (if accessible).

To Pay Online

1.    Look for the Form I-901 here.
2.    Fill up the form online and supply the necessary Visa, MasterCard or American Express information.
       Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your I-20 form.
3.    Print a copy of the online receipt.
4.    Save copies of your receipt with your other important immigration documents.

REMINDER: If you are a citizen of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, or Cameroon, you MUST pay either by mail or at a Western Union office (if accessible).

To Pay at a Western Union Office:

General Information

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will be automating the Western Union I–901 Payment process in April 2014. Applicants choosing to pay their I–901 Fee by Western Union will be required to fill out the Form I–901 on  prior to visiting Western Union. Once the new process is implemented, students will no longer have to wait 2–3 business days to check the status of their I–901 payment and print their payment confirmation on After making the payment at their local Western Union, the payment will be posted to their account immediately.

Important information for students/exchange visitors:

•You MUST fill out the Form I–901 online ( prior to visiting your local Western Union. Filling out the form online will generate a unique coupon number which you will need to validate and process your payment at Western Union. You CANNOT submit a payment via Western Union without the coupon number.

•You do not have to print the coupon to bring to Western Union; you just need the unique coupon number in order to submit your payment.

•If a third party is paying your I–901 Fee on your behalf, you will need to provide them with your coupon number to enter in the Account Number field of the Western Union Quick Pay/Quick Collect Form.   

To Pay By Mail

1.    Download Form I-901 titled, “Fee Remittance for Certain F, J, and M Nonimmigrants” from this
2.    Fill up the Form I-901 and ensure that your name is written exactly as it appears on your I-20 form.
3.    Make ready a check, international money order OR foreign draft (drawn on US banks only) in the
       amount of $200 USD and ensure that it is made payable to “The Department of Homeland Security”.
4.    Send the completed Form I-901 including payment via postal mail to the address listed on the form.
5.    A Form I-797 receipt notice should be mailed within 3 business days of processing the fee. Save
       copies of your receipt, and file it with your other important immigration documents.

NOTE: Most foreign banks are able to issue checks or money orders drawn on a U.S. bank.  Your options as to where you would be able to obtain a check: 

a) a bank chartered or operated in the United States;
b) a foreign subsidiary of a U.S. bank, or
c) a foreign bank that has an arrangement with a U.S. bank to issue a check, money order, or foreign draft
    that is drawn on a U.S. bank.

Click here for further information on the SEVIS fee.