What is the SEVIS fee and how do I pay it?

The US government charges the SEVIS fee to cover the costs associated with administering the student visa program. The fee is required of all new international students before issuance of an entry visa. Information and payment instructions are available here:

Note that you can’t pay the fee until you know your SEVIS ID number.  You will receive your SEVIS ID number when your I-20 document has been prepared.