In addition to your I-20, you must pay the SEVIS fee before applying for your student visa. The SEVIS fee, charged by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is a fee that individuals visiting the country with F-1 status must pay to cover expenses involved in administrating and maintaining the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). As of March 30, 2023, the fee assessed is $370 (excluding the $85 per person biometric fee charged for yourself and any dependents).
You can pay the SEVIS fee online by credit card through the Student and Exchange Visitor (SEVP) I-901 SEVIS Fee Processing website. Make sure you enter your name exactly as it appears on your I-20.
When prompted for your school code, enter POM214F00108000.
When prompted for your SEVIS ID, enter the ID (which begins with the letter “N“) at the top right section of your I-20.
When paying the fee, ensure you are connected to a printer to print a copy of the receipt.
Once paid, print your receipt to serve as proof of payment.