Apply for a U.S. Visa
On this page:
- Payment Information
- Forms of Payment at the Consulates General
- Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts
- Visa Types and Conditions with No Fee Required
- Other Fees
- More Information
Non immigrant and immigrant visa application fees for certain visa categories will change on March 6, 2015. All visa applicants must pay the fee amounts in effect on the day they pay, with the exception of Immigrant Visa application processing fees paid domestically to the National Visa Center (NVC), which will be effective as of the date of billing. For more information please click here
Visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable visa application fee, sometimes referred to as the MRV fee, before applying for a nonimmigrant visa. The visa application fee must be paid whether a visa is issued or not. The type of visa for which you apply determines the fee amount. This webpage lists visa application fees associated with each nonimmigrant visa type.
Please note that only the application fees for nonimmigrant visas are listed here.
Although fees are listed in U.S. dollars, payment must be made using local currency. You can pay your fee at a designated Australia Post Office or you can pay online by credit card. More information about payment options is here. To find an Australia Post Office, click here.
Your visa application fee is non-refundable and you cannot transfer it to another person. You will receive a receipt after paying the application fee. This receipt is valid for one year from the date of payment and allows you to schedule your interview at the U.S. Consulate. You must schedule your interview while the receipt is valid, which means your interview must be booked within one year of paying your fee. If you do not schedule an interview within a year of payment then your receipt will expire, you will not be able to schedule an interview, and you must pay the fee again and begin the process anew.
Forms of Payment at the Consulates General
|Cash||Only Australian currency is accepted. The Consulates General do not accept cash payment in U.S. currency. Cash payments sent via mail will not be accepted under any circumstances.|
|Postal Money Orders & Bank Checks (Cashiers' Checks)||
Payments can be in either Australian or U.S. currency, and must be payable to the “U.S. Consulate General”. Under no circumstances are other payees accepted, including money orders made payable to the “Department of State“.
We do not accept incorrect or multiple checks/money orders as payment, even if you have overpaid.
Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts
The application fees are shown below and apply to one visa application. The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is US$160. This includes tourist, business, student, and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work visas, are US$190. K visas cost US$265 and the fee amount for E visas is US$205 The tables below are a more comprehensive list of visa types and fee amounts. Following the tables is a short list of nonimmigrant visas which do not require payment of an application fee.
If a visa is issued, there may be an additional visa issuance reciprocity fee, depending on your nationality. The Department of State's website can help you find out if you must pay a visa issuance reciprocity fee and what the fee amount is.
|Fee Amount (USD)||Fee Amount (AUD)||Visa Type||Description|
|$160||$224||C-1/D||Crew in Transit|
|$160||$224||I||Journalist and Media|
|$160||$224||T||Victim of Human Trafficking|
|$160||$224||U||Victim of Criminal Activity|
|$190||$266||CW||Transitional Worker CNMI|
|$190||$266||H||Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees|
|$190||$266||O||Persons with Extraordinary Ability|
|$190||$266||P||Athletes. Artists & Entertainers|
|$190||$266||Q||International Cultural Exchange|
|$265||$371||K||Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen|
|$205||$287||E||Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty, Long-Term Investor CNMI|
|Visa Type||Description||Fee Amount (USD)||Fee Amount (AUD)|
|C-1/D||Crew in Transit||$160||$224|
|CW||Transitional Worker CNMI||$190||$266|
|E||Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty, Long-Term Investor CNMI||$205||$287|
|H||Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees||$190||$266|
|I||Journalist and Media||$160||$224|
|K||Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen||$265||$371|
|O||Persons with Extraordinary Ability||$190||$266|
|P||Athletes. Artists & Entertainers||$190||$266|
|Q||International Cultural Exchange||$190||$266|
|T||Victim of Human Trafficking||$160||$224|
|U||Victim of Criminal Activity||$160||$224|
Visa Types and Conditions with No Fee Required
- Applicants for A, G, C-2, C-3, NATO, and diplomatic visas (as defined in 22 CFR 41.26)
- Applicants holding J visas and who are participating in certain official U.S. Government-sponsored educational and cultural exchanges (programs beginning with G-1, G-2, G-3, G-7).
- Replacement of a machine-readable visa when the original visa was not properly affixed or the visa needs to be reissued through no fault of the applicant
- Applicants exempted by international agreement, including members and staff of an observer mission to United Nations Headquarters recognized by the UN General Assembly, and their immediate families
- U.S. Government employees traveling on official business
- A parent, sibling, spouse or child of a U.S. Government employee killed in the line of duty who is traveling to attend the employee's funeral and/or burial; or a parent, sibling, spouse, son or daughter of a U.S. Government employee critically injured in the line of duty for visitation during urgent treatment and convalescence
Blanket L Fee (Fraud Prevention and Detention Fee)
First-time principal applicants who are covered under a blanket petition for L status must pay a Fraud Prevention and Detection fee of US $500. This fee should be paid to the cashier at the Consular Section on the day of the interview. If a subsequent L-1 visa application is based on a new Form I-129S, the Fraud Prevention and Detection fee must be collected again.
Note: The U.S. petitioner pays the Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee for individual L, H-1B, and H-2B petitions when the petition is filed with USCIS.
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