Most exchange teachers pay airfare to the U.S. and usually cover consular processing fees at the American Embassy abroad to obtain the J-1 visa passport stamp.
The two primary fees are:
(1) Embassy entrance fee paid in advance at a bank or post office in the home country. $140 in 2010, subject to change every year.
(2) Additional “SEVIS” fee paid to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the Internet or through 800 no. $180 in 2010, subject to change. Click here for Form I_901 instructions:https://www.fmjfee.com/index.jhtml
Note: During a possible 3-year J-1 exchange visa term, only pay the SEVIS fee once. J-2 dependents of the teacher do NOT pay the SEVIS fee.
In some countries, such as France, teachers may incur a telephone fee of approximately $25 to make the visa appointment. You may be asked to purchase a pre-paid courier envelope (~$20) to mail the passport back after consular review.
Other countries, such as India, tack on additional small fees. Be sure to read the instructions on the website of the specific American Embassy where you plan to apply.