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Currently on admission into a US university. Must I pay the SEVIS fee before going for visa interview? Or can I get the US visa and then go over to pay the SEVIS fee later on?

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According to this FAQ from https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq:

How does the I-901 SEVIS fee payment process impact getting a visa?

If you are required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee (for more information, see the section, Do I pay the fee?) and need a visa to enter the United States as student or exchange visitor, you must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee before going to the United States embassy or consulate for your visa interview.

If you are required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee and do not pay it, your visa application will be denied by DOS.

There are more FAQs that say the same thing on that website. You must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee before your interview at a consulate.

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