Paying SEVIS Fees After Visa Interview

Raghuram Sukumar F1 Visa 14 Comments

Question –  I attended visa interview on the 3rd week of July and cleared it. I’m stupid and ignorant enough to not have paid the SEVIS fee yet and moments ago I read on the university’swebsite that one needs to pay the $200 SEVIS fees, and US homeland security’s website says that a student on F1 status has to pay it BEFORE attending a VI!

I’m flying in 1 week  and will pay the fee asap, however, my question is- will I encounter any problems at the port of entry since the payment receipt will bear a date which falls after the date of my VI. Please help me out.


I haven’t faced similar situation before. It would be wrong to say you will not have any problems.

Lets see of others in this blog have run into similar issues.


  1. I attended visa interview today and forgot to pay my sevis. The officer gave the 221g blue form and told me to pay it at the door box. I did it right after interview. Will I get the visa? Please reply

  2. Hi, I didn’t know about what sevis fee is. After the visa interview the Vo asked me to pay the sevis fee and handed over the 221 g form I attended the visa interview at Chennai consulate on may 11th. I immediately paid the sevis fee and submitted my documents to the drop box. It’s been two weeks my status still shows administrative processing. Please help what should I do. My university starts on June 4th. Is there any way I can expedite the case.?

    1. Author

      Please contact the consulate via traveldocs support center. That’s the only way.

    2. Have you sent it via mail ? If not send a mail if it is still on hold.

  3. Please can I pay my SEVIS fee 1 day to my interview that is 24 hours.will it reflect???

    1. Did it reflect? My interview is tomorrow. Is it okay if I pay sevis today?

  4. I did the same thing, the visa officer told me to pay it at the application centre. Did you get the visa?

  5. I did the same mistake. Forgot to pay the sevis fee. Realized that when my documents were verified at the counter prior to the interview with the visa officer. The lady at the counter told me that i could still go ahead n the visa officer would tell me what to do. The visa officer asked me few questions about my work etc. and then said the sevis fee wasnt reflecting. I told him i was informed about this at the docs verification counter and asked him if there was something i could about it. He went in and came back after a min or so and gave me a 221g and asked me to submit the receipt at the ofc and that he was giving me back my passport. Did that immediately after the interview n now m waiting. Fingers crossed. Any inputs would help a lot. Thnx.

    1. I don’t think its that big a issue. I paid my sevis after the interview and things went well. I was not questioned during the interview. So i immediately paid the sevis fee after the interview. Our case files could differ, may be thats the only reason he brought it up during your interview. Things should be fine. Submit the docs listend on your case status report against your case id. If you are asked to send a travel itinerary with your passport, please attach proof that your travel plans are still valid and necessary.

    2. I was in same situation, where i forgot to pay my SEVIS fee and went to visa interview. VO told me to pay the sevis fee. luckily VO took my passport and gave 221 g to submit SEVIS receipt by email. After two days my visa got approved.

  6. Hey man, i made the same mistake but paid my sevis fee two hours after succesfully getting through with the interview. Did you get your visa? Or faced any problem?

  7. even i forgot to pay SEVIS fees …..but i payed 12hrs before my VI ……i was dumb to forget important payment to US home land security….. But i can’t say the consequences of paying sevis fees after VI. Actually when u go to VI guy at the 1st counter check ur SEVIS statuts, how can he forget about checking SEVIS fee status??????

  8. Howz it possible?? they ask for SEVIS receipt along with passport, i20 etc in VI during document submission only..

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