J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa Fee Requirements

The Visa and Immigration Services Administration office charges an administrative service fee on behalf of the Medical Center for the processing of applications in connection with requests for issuance of J-1 Visa Status (Form DS-2019). This fee must be paid by the sponsoring department by completing the Fee Agreement form and forward along with the DS-2019 Application.

Administrative Fee Schedule

  • New or Extension Request: $300
  • Amendment: $100


All new J-1 applicants must pay this mandatory one-time SEVIS fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to cover the costs of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This $180 fee must be paid by the J-1 scholar prior to applying for the visa or file for change of status with USCIS. This fee is different from the visa application or change of status fees.

Visit the SEVIS fee website for additional information on payment methods and any questions or concerns.

Change of Status Fee

Scholars who are currently inside the U.S. on a different visa category and wish to change their immigration status through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is required to pay an additional application processing fee. The sponsoring department is responsible for requesting the check payment through CSMC’s Accounts Payable and forward to VISA office along with the J-1 visa application.

Current I-539 fee: $290 payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.