The SEVIS fee is charged by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as of 07/26/2010 the cost is $200.00. It is generally a one time fee and is required of those who are applying for an F-1 visa based on an I-20 issued for initial attendance or change of status. When paying your fee you will need your new I-20 and a completed copy of Form I-901. You can pay your fee online by credit card. You must also have the receipt from your SEVIS fee with you along with your new I-20 for your visa interview at the embassy.
To pay your SEVIS fee online by credit card go to http://www.fmjfee.com, you will be asked to enter the school code of the university you will be attending. Oakland City University’s School Code is CHI214F10115000. You will be required to also enter your SEVIS ID number which is located in the upper right hand corner of your I-20 and begins with the letter N. Make sure you print a receipt, you must have this for your student visa appointment. Do not exit the receipt page until you have if fully printed as you cannot go back to that page.
For more information on the SEVIS fee go to http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/