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Foreign Students Must Pay $100 Fee

October 23, 2003|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The government will charge foreign students $100 to pay for a tracking system created to prevent possible terrorists from using student visas to enter the country, a federal official said Wednesday.

Asa Hutchinson, an undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said the onetime fee should generate more than $30 million annually for the Student and Exchange Visa Information Service.

Foreigners enrolled in a department-approved school must register with the service to enter the U.S. About 800,000 students at 8,000 schools are in the system.

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