Prospective exchange visitors must pay a $180 fee before they can obtain a J-1 visa. The fee is referred to as the SEVIS fee and is used to help cover the cost of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It is paid directly to the Department of Homeland Security either online via the internet, or by mail. Applicants must pay the fee at least 3 business days before their scheduled visa interview.The J-1 applicant will report to the U.S. consulate or embassy with jurisdiction over his/her place of residence with the original Form DS-2019 issued by UMMC, evidence that the $180 SEVIS has been paid, and other documentation or evidence required by the consulate.
The consular officer overseeing the interview will verify that the applicant: