Apply for a U.S. Visa
Bank and Payment Options/Pay My Visa Fee
On this page:
- Instructions to Pay Your Visa fee
- Online Payment with a Credit Card
- Payment in Person at Australia Post
- Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines
- More Information
In order to ensure the proper amount is paid and activated in a timely manner, first create a profile in our online applicant system and choose the Schedule Appointment option.
After you enter your visa type, Post location, visa category and visa class, you will reach the payment page. On the payment confirmation screen you will be presented with payment options and further details of how to initiate payment. It can take up to 2 business days for your receipt to be activated to schedule your appointment. Payment by credit card allows for immediate scheduling. Other options can take up to 2 business days.
Most applicants, including children, are required to pay a Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee to initiate their U.S. visa application. This US Government-mandated fee is a visa processing fee that is payable whether or not a visa is issued.
The MRV fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Applicants should first determine whether or not they require a visa to travel to the US before submitting their applications.
Examples of individuals that may not require a visa include, but are not limited to:
- If you are applying for an A or G visa for official travel, you do not need to pay the MRV fee
- If you are applying for a J visa to participate in a U.S. Government-sponsored program (programs beginning with G-1, G-2, G-3, G-7), you do not need to pay the MRV fee
- If you already hold a valid visa for your intended purpose of travel, you may not need a visa
- If you are a citizen of Canada or Bermuda (but not applying for an A, E, G, K or V visa category), you may not need a visa
If you do need to apply for a visa, please follow the payment instructions below. Applicants must make a successful payment before they are permitted to schedule their interview appointment. Applicants who do not pay the correct fee for their visa type may be restricted from scheduling an interview.
Once the initial interview is scheduled, applicants are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointment. If you miss your scheduled appointment time, you may be required to pay the MRV fee again in order to schedule another interview. Please plan accordingly so that you are not required to pay an additional visa application fee. Visa application fees are non-refundable.
Instructions to Pay Your Visa fee
There are several options to pay your MRV visa fee by Online Payment with Credit Card or Payment in Person at Australia Post. Each of these options are paid within our online system. You must register on the site and schedule your appointment to access the payment options. See below for the steps.
Log-in to our online applicant system and create a profile. This will ensure the proper amount is paid and activated in timely manner.
Click on Schedule My Appointment option on the left-hand side of your screen. Complete Steps for Visa Type, Post, Visa Category and Visa Class.
Once you are on the Payment screen, click on Payment Options. For additional information on paying with a specific method, review the Online Payment with a Credit Card and Payment in Person at Australia Post on this page.
Pick your preferred method of payment and pay your visa fee.
The Australian Dollar amounts are based on the consular currency exchange rate determined by the U.S. Department of State. Applicants who do not pay the correct fee for their visa type may be restricted from scheduling an interview.
You have paid your visa fee and can schedule your interview once your receipt number is active. If you pay with your credit card, activation is immediate! Your other payment options can take up to two business days for your receipt number to be active and ready to schedule your appointment. Please consult the visa application fee payment processing timelines below.
Online Payment with a Credit Card
Payment in Person at Australia Post
Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines
See below the times that you are able to schedule an interview after your specific method of payment.
|Payment Method||Interview Scheduling||Receipt Number for Scheduling Interview|
|Credit Card||Immediately after payment online||Transaction Number|
|Cash (Paid at Australia Post from Monday-Friday)||After 10:00 AM on the next business day||"Unique Seq No"|
|Cash (Paid at Australia Post on Saturday)||After 7:00 AM on the following Tuesday||"Unique Seq No"|
If you have any questions regarding the consular currency exchange rate, please click here, create a profile, answer five short questions so that we can determine the correct amount you must pay.