Before leaving for the US border

Immigration and Entering the United States:

Your Form I-20:

This official U.S. Government document is your Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Status that enables you to apply for an F-1 student visa and entry into the United States. Upon receipt, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by email to confirm that you received this Form I-20.

Look it over to make sure the information is correct. If there is an error, contact the Admissions Office right away. Do not sign the form at this time. When you go to the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate, an Immigration Official will want to witness you signing the Form I-20.

The U.S. Congress passed a law requiring international students to pay a fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security before a student visa is processed. The purpose of the SEVIS I-901 fee is to cover costs of administering and maintaining SEVIS, the tracking database that ensures visa compliance. The cost of this fee is $200 US for F-1 students (this fee is subject to change). This is a one-time fee, as long as you keep your student visa current during your studies at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Pay SEVIS Fee:

Prior to going to the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate, you must complete Form I-901 to pay the required SEVIS fee. This form is available online at:

Read the instructions contained on this webpage and click on "Proceed to I-901 form and payment." Then click on "I-20" and "OK". Complete the form, pay by credit or debit card and print a receipt. Completing the form online will help ensure that you provide all the information in the correct format.

Be sure to print and retain a copy of your receipt to take with you to the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. Having the printed receipt will speed up the verification process and allow processing of the I-20. For additional information on the SEVIS I-901 fee payment and filing process, access the SEVP web site at Please contact us if you have further questions.