Am I required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee?

The Department of Homeland Security requires a fee of $180 for all new J-1 program applicants to cover the costs of the operation of the SEVIS program. If you are issued a new DS-2019 for “beginning a new program” you are required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. Transfer, extension, or other updates to your original DS-2019 do not require you to pay a SEVIS fee. You can read more information at What to Expect When Traveling and go to the official website for SEVIS fee information and payment. You should print a copy of the receipt and carry it to your visa interview and when traveling to the U.S.