Homeland Security proposes international student visa fee hike

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security proposes increase in the mandatory Student and Exchange Visitor Information System fee from $200 to $350 that is paid by applicants for F and M student visas. Fees for most categories of J exchange visas will increase from $180 to $220. The fee for institutions seeking initial certification from the government to enroll international students will increase from $1,700 to $3,000. The DHS is also proposing to establish two new fees: a fee amounted $1,250 for institutions seeking recertification of their existing certification to enroll international students and the other amounted $675 fee to appeal the denial or withdrawal of an institution’s certification. In addition, the department seeks to clarify that its $655 site visit fee can be assessed both when an institution changes address and when it adds a new physical location or campus. Notice of the proposed fee changes was published on July 17, 2018, in the Federal Register and the same will be open to public comment until September 17, 2018.


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