Visa Fees


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, or to the Department of Homeland Security, can be found here.

Payment Information

Although fees are listed in U.S. dollars, payment must be made using local currency. You can pay your fee at any Ecobank or, if you are an account holder at Ecobank, you can pay online. More information about payment options is here. To find an Ecobank branch, 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. Embassy. 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.

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 $160. This includes tourist, business, student and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious visas, are $190. K visas cost $240 and the fee amount for E visas is $205 Please note that visa fees for K applicants will continue to be paid at the U.S. Embassy in Accra on the date of your appointment. 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.

Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Fee Class
Fee Amount (USD)Fee Amount (GHS)Visa TypeDescription
$160N/ADShip/Airline Crew
$160N/AFStudent (academic)
$160N/AIJournalist and Media
$160N/AJExchange Visitors
$160N/AMStudent (vocational)
$160N/ATVictim of Human Trafficking
$160N/ATN/TDNAFTA Professionals
$160N/AUVictim of Criminal Activity
$190N/AHTemporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees
$190N/ALIntracompany Transferees
$190N/AOPersons with Extraordinary Ability
$190N/APAthletes. Artists & Entertainers
$190N/AQInternational Cultural Exchange
$190N/ARReligious Worker
$265N/AKFiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen
$205N/AETreaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty
Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Visa Type
Visa TypeDescriptionFee Amount (USD)Fee Amount (GHS)
DShip/Airline Crew$160N/A
ETreaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty$205N/A
FStudent (academic)$160N/A
HTemporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees$190N/A
IJournalist and Media$160N/A
JExchange Visitor$160N/A
KFiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen$265N/A
LIntracompany Transferees$190N/A
MStudent (vocational)$160N/A
OPersons with Extraordinary Ability$190N/A
PAthletes. Artists & Entertainers$190N/A
QInternational Cultural Exchange$190N/A
RReligious Worker$190N/A
TVictim of Human Trafficking$160N/A
TN/TDNAFTA Professionals$160N/A
UVictim of Criminal Activity$160N/A
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
  • 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
  • Applicants traveling to provide certain charitable services
  • 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 emergency treatment and convalescence
Other Fees
  • If the principal applicant is applying for an L-1 visa under the blanket L visa petition, the principal applicant must pay a $500 fraud prevention and detection fee at the time of their visa interview in the embassy. This must be paid each time a new I-129-S is submitted. The principal applicant may be required to pay a higher $2,250.00 border security act fee if this is indicated on the I-129.

    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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