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All persons applying for an F-1 (student) visa must pay a SEVIS fee before applying for their visa at the embassy.  The SEVIS fee is generally a one-time fee and is non-refundable.  Please go to the following website for directions on how and where to pay the SEVIS fee:

The SEVIS fee is NOT payable or associated to the IEC.  It is paid to DHS (Department of Homeland Security).  Proof of payment must be presented to consular officials during the visa application process.

The Department of Homeland Security host a very informative website called Study in the States.  Here, you can find answers to may questions from "Can I drive while studying in the U.S.?" to "What do I have to do to maintain my visa status?"  Look around the site and be informed before and after you arrive at Stony Brook!

The IEC has put together a brief visa guide for all F-1 students as they navigate the immigration process.  We include this information with all I-20s in our admission packet.  Please read this document carefully to be aware of the process of applying, receiving and maintaining an F-1 visa. 


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