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SEVIS Fee Proposed Increase-Just say no!
04-28-08, 5:47 pm
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  The US Department of Homeland Security wants to raise SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fees.  If you have time and inclination, please send them an email commenting against the proposed fee.  The fee currently is $100 USD.  On Oct 1, 2008 it will be increased to $180 USD.  This fee has to be paid before a student can obtain an interview for a visa.  That’s a very large increase, and difficult for many students to pay.  The fee increase is explained in PDF files on the homepage if you scroll down a bit.  The proposed rule is 94 pages long so I didn’t copy and paste it.

There are three parts to the non-immigrant student visa fee: the application fee, the issuance fee and the Sevis fee.  Visa issuance fees vary by country because of reciprocity.  This rule concerns the SEVIS fee.

Comments must be submitted on or before June 20, 2008.
You may submit comments, which must be identified by DHS docket number ICEB-2008-0004, using one of the following methods:
Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov  Follow the instructions for submitting comments.  You  may submit comments online through this website.
 Mail: Office of Policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 425 I St., NW., Room 7257, Washington,DC 20536.
 Hand Delivery/Courier: The address for sending comments by hand delivery or courier is the same as that for submitting comments by mail.
Contact telephone number is (202) 514-8693.
Facsimile: Comments may be submitted by facsimile at (866) 466-5370.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Louis Farrell, Director, Student and Exchange Visitor Program; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,  Department of Homeland Security; Chester Arthur Building, 425 I St., NW., Suite 6034, Washington, DC 20536; telephone number (202) 305-2346. This is not a toll-free number. Program information can be found at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/.


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