1. Go to the SEVIS payment web site and enter your name (as it appears on your I-20), SEVIS number (on the top right corner of your I-20 or DS-2019 - it is a 10 digit number beginning with the letter "N"), and birth day in mm/dd/yyyy format (month/day/year).
2. Click the link "International F and M Visa Instructions."
3. Print out all the instructions and go to the local participating Western Union office to pay the fee.
a. For the line marked "Account Number" enter your SEVIS number which is found in the top right-hand box of the I-20 or DS-2019 above the barcode, followed by a dash then your date of birth.
b. For the line marked "Reference Number" enter the school code:
i. For I-20s - the school code is #2 on the I-20.
ii. For DS-2019s - the program number is #2 on the DS-2019.
4. Be sure to make copies of your receipt, and keep it with your other important immigration documents.
The SEVIS fee should be processed by immigration at least 3 business days prior to the consular interview. Fees are not payable at the consulate.
In case of visa application denials:
If the F-1 or J-1 visa application is denied, the SEVIS fee will not be refunded. However, if you reapply for a new visa within 12 months of the denial, you will not have to pay the fee again.