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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. Information about other visa fees that are paid directly to the National Visa Center, to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate, or to the Department of Homeland Security, can be found here.

Overview

In most cases, each visa applicant, including children, is required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable Machine Readable Visa (MRV) application fee, whether a visa is issued or not. The visa application fee is determined by the type of visa for which you wish to apply. Generally, Ghanaian citizens need to pay a fee for a visa to the United States.

If you are a citizen of a country participating in the Visa Waiver Program, please first confirm whether you need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa or not. Certain individuals may not need a visa, for example, individuals eligible under the Visa Waiver Program, and should not pay an MRV fee.

In addition, some applicants for U.S. visas are not required to pay a fee. If you are applying for an A or G visa for official travel, or for a J visa to participate in certain U.S. Government-sponsored programs, please do not pay an MRV fee.

  • Individuals already holding valid visas for their intended purpose of travel.
  • Citizens of Canada or Bermuda (except in A, E, G, K or V visa categories)

If you do need to apply for a visa, please follow the instructions below for paying your visa application fee. For more information about fee exemptions, please visit this page.

Note: Applicants are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointments. Please plan accordingly so that you are not required to pay another visa application fee. Visa application fees are nonrefundable.

Fee Payment Options
    Cash at Bank

    Any nonimmigrant visa applicant can pay their visa application fee in cash at any Ecobank branch. At the bank, you must write your fee payment amount and your telephone number in the U. S. visa fee collection slip available at the bank. After receiving your payment, the bank will give you a receipt.

    Online Payment

    If you have an account with Ecobank you may choose to pay your visa application fee online using Ecobank's online bill pay service.

    Click here to learn more about paying your MRV fee online at Ecobank.


    How to Pay The MRV Fee Online

    1. Before paying the MRV fee, you must create a personal profile and choose a visa type (https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/?country=Ghana).
    2. Go to Ecobank's Internet banking website (www.ecobank.com).
    3. Select "Payxpress" from the "Find a Service" menu on the left side of the page and then click "Search".
      Select Payxpress
    4. A new window will open. Select "GHANA" from the drop down menu. Then click "U.S. Visa Fee Payment"
      Select Country
    5. Enter your passport and payment information in the "U.S. Visa Fee Payment" form. You will see the MRV payment amount in local currency. Then click "Next".
      Payment Form
    6. Type your payment card information and then authorise the transaction using your PIN.
      Payment Card and PIN Information

    You will see a reference number onscreen after your MRV payment is authorized. The reference number is required to schedule an interview at the Embassy, so please write the number down or print a receipt from this screen.

    Note: If you have an Ecobank receipt, your fee receipt number is the number following the words Payment Reference as shown in this example: Payment Reference: H1214595244478. This Payment Reference/receipt number verifies your payment and allows you to schedule your visa interview. Please be sure to type the Payment Reference number exactly as shown. You also need your passport number in order to schedule your visa interview.

After you have paid the visa application fee, please keep the Ecobank fee receipt for your records.

Scheduling Your Interview
    Cash at Bank

    You can schedule your interview within a few hours of paying your visa application fee at Ecobank.

    Whether you schedule your appointment online or contact our call center, you will need the receipt number printed on your receipt. (This is the receipt given to you at Ecobank, or when you created your online profile.) Your fee receipt number includes a "pipe" character ("|"), as shown in this example: VG|01-Mar-2011|00018. Please be sure to include the "pipe" character when you type in your fee receipt number. The pipe character is above the Enter key on U.S. and U.S. International keyboards. On a British keyboard, the pipe character is on the left, between the Shift and Z keys. This receipt number verifies your payment and allows you to schedule your visa interview. You also need your passport number in order to schedule your visa interview.

    The table below shows the different fee payment processing times and when you can schedule your interview after paying your application fee.

    Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines - Cash at Bank
    Time of PaymentBankReceipt Purchase DateInterview Booking
    9:00am - 3:30pmEcobankSame as date of payment4 hours after payment
    between 3:30pm and 9:00amEcobankDate of next banking dayanytime after 10:00am on the banking day after date of payment
    Online Payment

    You can schedule your interview after 3:00pm on the first banking day following the date you pay your visa application fee online with Bank.

    Whether you schedule your appointment online or contact our call center, you will need the receipt number printed on your receipt. (This is the receipt given to you at Ecobank, or when you created your online profile.) Your fee receipt number includes a "pipe" character ("|"), as shown in this example: VG|01-Mar-2011|00018. Please be sure to include the "pipe" character when you type in your fee receipt number. The pipe character is above the Enter key on U.S. and U.S. International keyboards. On a British keyboard, the pipe character is on the left, between the Shift and Z keys. This receipt number verifies your payment and allows you to schedule your visa interview. You also need your passport number in order to schedule your visa interview.

    The table below shows the different fee payment processing times and when you can schedule your interview after paying your application fee.

    Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines - Online Payment
    Time of PaymentBankReceipt Purchase DateInterview Booking
    anytime during a weekdayEcobankDate of next banking dayanytime after 3:00pm on the banking day after date of payment
    anytime on a weekend or holidayEcobankDate of next banking dayanytime after 3:00pm on the banking day after date of payment
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