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Attention: Information about the New Visa Fees

Effective April 13, 2012, the Department of State adjusted visa processing fees. Although most categories of nonimmigrant visa processing fees increased, the fee for E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) and K visas (for fianc�(e)s of U.S. citizens) decreased.

Visa fees are valid for scheduling an appointment for one year from the date of payment.

For all visa categories where the fees increased, payments made prior to April 13, 2012 are valid for 90 days. This means that applicants who paid the fee prior to April 13, 2012 must schedule their visa interview appointment no later than July 12, 2012. If not, they will have to pay the difference between the old and the new rate to the Consular cashier on the date of the interview.

For all visa categories where the fees are decreasing, no refunds for the difference between the old and new rates will be available for applicants paying prior to the April 13, 2012 decrease.

Important Notice! After paying a nonimmigrant visa application fee, you must wait to schedule your appointment.

If you pay online with a credit card, schedule your interview anytime after 9 a.m. the next business day. If you pay at Australia Post, schedule your interview anytime after 10 a.m. the next business day. If you make payment at Australia Post on a Saturday, schedule your interview anytime after 7 a.m. the following Tuesday.

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.

Electronic Funds Transfer

If your bank supports electronic funds transfers (EFT) you may pay your nonimmigrant visa application fee with an electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly from your bank account. Be aware that your bank may apply charges to your account for EFT transactions. Please follow the appropriate link below for instructions on paying the visa application fee amount that matches your visa category.

After you click on the link below which matches your visa category, you will receive a unique account number to which you will send the EFT payment. MAKE ONLY ONE PAYMENT PER UNIQUE ACCOUNT NUMBER. However, you may refresh the page to generate as many unique account numbers as you wish.

IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU KEEP THE UNIQUE ACCOUNT NUMBER THAT YOU ACTUALLY USE TO MAKE YOUR EFT PAYMENT. You must have this number as proof of payment in order to schedule your visa interview appointment. It is the applicant's responsibility to save this number. If not, you cannot schedule an interview with your payment, and you must make another payment.

  • Click here to for payment instructions for US$160 visa categories.
  • Click here to for payment instructions for US$190 visa categories.
  • Click here to for payment instructions for US$240 Visa categories (K Visa).
  • Click here to for payment instructions for US$270 Visa categories (E Visa).

Online Payment with a Credit Card

The more convenient payment method for your nonimmigrant visa application fee is online with a credit card. By clicking the "Buy Now" button below to proceed with a credit card payment, 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 payment of 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.

Do NOT change the fee payment amount which populates on the payment screen after selecting the appropriate amount and clicking the "Buy Now" button below. 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 One: Choose your correct visa application (MRV).
$160
$190
$240
$270

Step Two: Click on the “Buy Now” button below to process your credit card payment. Only Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

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.

Scheduling Your Interview After Paying with a Credit Card
You can schedule your interview anytime after 7 a.m. Australian Eastern Time the next calendar day after you have paid the appropriate visa application fee online by credit card. Use the "Receipt No" to schedule your appointment as seen in red in the image below:

Australia Sample Credit Card Receipt

Payment in Person at Australia Post

You can pay your nonimmigrant visa application fee with cash or debit card at a designated Australia Post Office. Before going to a Post Office, you must print the applicable U.S. visa application deposit slip available below on this page. 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 this site and re-click the appropriate link below 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. 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. Values are shown in U.S. dollars. This page has more information about the different visa application fees.

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.

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

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

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 After 9:00 AM on the next business day Receipt Number
Electronic Fund Transfer After 10:00 AM on the second business day Unique Beneficiary Account Number
Cash 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.