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US may charge students $100 to fight terrorism

October 23, 2003 22:12 IST

The US government plans to charge foreign students $100 for a tracking system created to prevent possible terrorists from using student visas to enter the country.

The measure was necessitated by reports that the 9/11 hijackers entered the country as "students" and some never attended class, Undersecretary (Homeland Security) Asa Hutchinson said in Washington.

The one-time fee should generate more than $30 million annually for the programme, known as the Student and Exchange Visa Information Service.

Any foreigner enrolled in a school approved by the department must register with the service to enter the US. About 800,000 foreign students enrolled at 8,000 colleges are now in the system, which was set up after 9/11.

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Number of User Comments: 6

Sub: disgusting.

This is really irritating and disgusting. Already we are all paying 3 times more money then american students and now they want to charge us ...

Posted by Tanik

Sub: SEVIS in operation since Jan 2003

Ive been paying the SEVIS fees since Jan 2003, so this news is a bit outdated.

Posted by Sarat

Sub: this news is late

This article is late. The fees mentioned above have already been charged to students since the term beginning Fall 2004. The charges are called the ...

Posted by Sourabh Dube

Sub: $100 charge

They already charged it starting from this fall

Posted by Nitin

Sub: unfair to students from other countries

The terrorists who entered US in connection with 9/11 were from the Middle East countries. The $100 charge now has to be levied only for ...

Posted by Helen


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