U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced that it will increase fees for F and M international students, J exchange visitors and for schools seeking Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certification.
The following fees will take effect June 24.
ICE will also institute new fees beginning June 24, including:
ICE also said that the Department of Homeland Security will keep its $655 fee for an initial school site visit and will extend the fee to cases where an SEVP-certified school changes its physical location or adds a new physical location or campus to a Form I-17, “Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student.
The agency said the fee increases and new fees will help the agency cover the “current and projected costs to fund SEVP operations, including the maintenance of technological systems, the employment of operational staff and ongoing program enhancements.” The full rule can be read in the Federal Register here.
BAL Analysis: Schools and international students may need to adjust their budgets to meet the June 24 fee increases.
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