Visa Fees

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Overview

Visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a 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.

Your visa application fee is non-refundable. 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 to continue scheduling.  After you use the receipt to schedule an interview, you cannot transfer the application fee to a different applicant.

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, Ringgit Malaysia (RM). You may pay your visa fees via electronic funds transfer, JOMPAY or by cash at any AmBank branch. More information about payment options is here.

Visa Fees are not refundable. If you have encountered an error with your payment or you believe your payment was not successful, DO NOT PAY THE FEE A SECOND TIME AS IT WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. Please email our support center at support-malaysia@ustraveldocs.com with your concern and we will investigate.

Restrictions

Your visa application fee is non-refundable. 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 to continue scheduling.  After you use the receipt to schedule an interview, you cannot transfer the application fee to a different applicant.

Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts

Please read the table below carefully in order to pay the correct fee.  In the case of an underpayment, you will need to make a new payment for the correct amount and WILL NOT receive a refund for the incorrect payment.  In the case of an overpayment, you WILL NOT receive a refund for the amount you overpaid.

Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Fee Class
Fee Amount (USD) Fee Amount (MYR) Visa Type Description
$160 N/A B Business/Tourist
$160 N/A C-1 Transit
$160 N/A D Ship/Airline Crew
$160 N/A F Student (academic)
$160 N/A I Journalist and Media
$160 N/A J Exchange Visitors
$160 N/A M Student (vocational)
$160 N/A T Victim of Human Trafficking
$160 N/A TN/TD NAFTA Professionals
$160 N/A U Victim of Criminal Activity
$190 N/A H Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees
$190 N/A L Intracompany Transferees
$190 N/A O Persons with Extraordinary Ability
$190 N/A P Athletes. Artists & Entertainers
$190 N/A Q International Cultural Exchange
$190 N/A R Religious Worker
$265 N/A K Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen
$205 N/A E Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty
Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Visa Type
Visa Type Description Fee Amount (USD) Fee Amount (MYR)
B Business/Tourist $160 N/A
C-1 Transit $160 N/A
D Ship/Airline Crew $160 N/A
E Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty $205 N/A
F Student (academic) $160 N/A
H Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees $190 N/A
I Journalist and Media $160 N/A
J Exchange Visitor $160 N/A
K Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen $265 N/A
L Intracompany Transferees $190 N/A
M Student (vocational) $160 N/A
O Persons with Extraordinary Ability $190 N/A
P Athletes. Artists & Entertainers $190 N/A
Q International Cultural Exchange $190 N/A
R Religious Worker $190 N/A
T Victim of Human Trafficking $160 N/A
TN/TD NAFTA Professionals $160 N/A
U Victim of Criminal Activity $160 N/A

Other 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 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 as determined by Visa Services, 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 charitable services as determined by Visa 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

In some cases, additional visa fees are paid directly to the National Visa Center, to the U.S. Embassy or to the Department of Homeland Security.

Blanket L Fee (Fraud Prevention and Detection 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.

Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance ("Reciprocity") Fees

Applicants from certain countries may be required to pay a visa issuance fee after their application is approved. These fees are based on "reciprocity" (what another country charges a U.S. citizen for a similar-type of visa). The United States strives to eliminate visa issuance fees whenever possible, however, when a foreign government imposes these fees on U.S. citizens for certain types of visas, the United States will impose a "reciprocal" fee on citizens of that country for similar types of visas. The Department of State's website has more information about visa issuance fees and can help you determine if an issuance fee applies to your nationality.

SEVIS Fees

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an Internet-based system that tracks F, M, and J visa participants (and their family members) from the time they receive their initial documentation (either an I-20 or a DS-2019) until they graduate/leave school or conclude/leave program.

F, M and J visa principal applicants: Check with your U.S. school to make sure your information has been entered into SEVIS. You will need to pay a separate SEVIS fee in addition to the visa application fee. For nonimmigrant students with Form I-20, the SEVIS fee is US$200. For most exchange visitors with Form DS-2019, the SEVIS fee is US$180. Payment cannot be made at the U.S. Embassy. Instructions for paying the SEVIS fee can be found here.

SEVIS Fee Exception

Applicants participating in a U.S. Government sponsored program (programs whose codes begin with G-1, G-2, G-3, G-7) are not required to pay the SEVIS fee.

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