SEVP Certification involves an adjudication process that includes:

  • Review of the Form I-17, “Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student”
  • Application
  • Payment of the application fee
  • A site visit
  • Submission of supporting documentation
  • Research
  • Adjudication

To begin the certification process, create an account online in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. From there, fill-out the Form I-17 and pay the fee, currently $1,700 for filing. Then there is another $655 per campus location for the site visit before SEVP can process the application.