Bank and Payment Options/Pay My Visa Fee

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Overview

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 Electronic Funds Transfer, 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.

Step 1
Log-in to our online applicant system and create a profile. This will ensure the proper amount is paid and activated in timely manner.

Step 2
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.

Step 3
Once you are on the Payment screen, click on Payment Options. For additional information on paying with a specific method, review the Electronic Funds Transfer, Online Payment with a Credit Card and Payment in Person at Australia Post on this page.

Step 4
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.

Step 5
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

URGENT – Before you pay online, please clear your cache by selecting Control + ‘F5’ on your keyboard to refresh your browser.

Do NOT use SAFARI or FIREFOX Browsers to make this payment. Payments made using SAFARI or FIREFOX will NOT be processed. Please ensure you complete your payment using Explorer or Chrome browsers.

The most convenient payment method for your nonimmigrant visa application (NIV) fee is online with a credit or debit card. Once you log into your profile, you will be given the opportunity to pay by credit card on the payment screen. When you use this option the cardholder acknowledges that this is a non-refundable visa application processing fee required as a prerequisite to the processing of an application. Furthermore, the cardholder agrees explicitly that there is no refund possible regardless of the outcome of this application. The amount to be charged to the card is the non-refundable application processing fee by or on behalf of the applicant and does not in itself indicate the existence of a contract with the applicant, nor does it guarantee a successful application.

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.

Scheduling Your Interview After Paying with a Credit/Debit Card

You can schedule your interview immediately after payment if you have paid the appropriate visa application fee online by card. See below for a sample email you will receive to confirm your payment.

Payment in Person at Australia Post

You can pay your nonimmigrant visa application fee in cash or debit at a designated Australia Post Office. Before going to the Australia Post, you must print and carry the applicable U.S. visa fee collection slip available after logging into your profile. Take the printed deposit slip with you to pay your fee. If you print a deposit slip in advance of the day in which you plan to make your payment, please take note of the expiration date on the deposit slip. If the expiration date passes prior to using the slip to make your payment, simply return to the website and click the appropriate link to generate a new deposit slip. Fee collection agents will NOT accept payments based on expired deposit slips. Upon receiving of your payment, Australia Post will issue you a receipt. This page has more information about the different visa application fees.

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. After you have paid the visa application fee, print your receipt for your records. Save your receipt. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your receipt number.

Select the deposit slip that matches your visa application fee from the list below.

Click here for additional instructions on how to successfully open and print the deposit slips.

Please note that the deposit slips are not compatible with an iPad and will not load correctly using the default Apple .pdf reader. The slips will load correctly on Apple computers if opened using Adobe Reader. If you cannot open or view the deposit slip, please download and install the latest version of Adobe Reader from the Adobe website. There is no fee to download or use Adobe Reader.

Scheduling Your Interview After Paying in Person at Australia Post

You can schedule your interview anytime after 10 a.m. Australian Eastern Time the next business day after you have paid the appropriate fee at Australia Post. If you make payment on a Saturday, you can schedule your interview anytime after 7 a.m. Australian Eastern Time the following Tuesday. Use the "Unique Seq No" to schedule your appointment as seen in red in the image below:

Australia Post Sample Receipt

Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines

See below the times that you are able to schedule an interview after your specific method of payment.

Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines
Payment MethodInterview SchedulingReceipt Number for Scheduling Interview
Credit Card Immediately after payment online Transaction Number
Electronic Fund Transfer After 10:00 AM on the second business day Unique Beneficiary Account 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"

More Information

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.