Bank and Payment Options/Pay My Visa Fee

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

If you pay online with a credit card, you can schedule your interview immediately.
If you pay at Kiwi Bank, schedule your interview at any time four hours after making payment. If you make payment at Kiwi Bank on a Saturday, schedule your interview at any time after 12 noon the following Monday.

Overview

Most applicants, including children, are required to pay a visa application fee, or 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 already hold a valid visa for your intended purpose of travel
  • If you are a citizen of Canada or Bermuda (but not applying for an A, E, G, K or V visa category)

Examples of individuals that may not be required to pay an MRV fee include:

  • If you are applying for an A or G visa for official travel.
  • J visa: US Government sponsored exchange visitor (J visa) applicants and their dependents are not required to pay the non-refundable MRV application processing fee. Special application procedures are applicable for those participating in federally-funded educational and cultural exchange programs (denoted by a program serial number beginning with G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-7 printed on Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status).

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.

Instructions To Pay Your Visa Fee

There are several options to pay your MRV visa fee by Online Payment or Payment in Person at Kiwi Bank. Each of these options is paid within our online applicant system. You must first register on the applicant site and choose the ‘schedule your appointment’ option to access the payment options. See below for the steps.

Step 1

Log-in to our online applicant system and create a profile. This will ensure the proper amount is paid and activated in timely manner. This page has more information about the different visa application fees.

Step 2

Click on Schedule My Appointment option on the left-hand side of your screen. Complete Steps for Visa Type, Post, Visa Category and Visa Class.

Step 3

Once you are on the Payment screen, click on Payment Options. For additional information on paying with a specific method, review the Online Payment and Payment in Person at Kiwi Bank on this page.

IMPORTANT: If your online payment with the credit card fails, please DO NOT ATTEMPT to use the same credit card again until lapse of 24 hours. You will not be able to use the same credit card to make an online payment until lapse of 24 hours from the time you had last used/attempted to use the same credit card online, to pay for a U.S. visa processing fee on this website.

The New Zealand 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 4

Pick your preferred method of payment and pay your visa fee. When you pay the visa fee, you acknowledge that this is a non-refundable visa application processing fee required as a prerequisite to the processing of an application. It does not indicate the existence of a contract with the applicant, nor does it guarantee a successful application. Furthermore, you explicitly that there is no refund possible regardless of the outcome of this application.

Step 5

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

Step 6

You have paid your visa fee and can schedule your interview once your receipt number is active. If you pay online, activation is immediate! Your other payment options can take up to two business days for your receipt number to be active and ready to schedule your appointment. Please consult the visa application fee payment processing timelines below.

Online Payment with a Credit/Debit Card

The most convenient payment method for your nonimmigrant visa application (NIV) fee is online with a credit or debit card. Once you log into your profile, you will be given the opportunity to pay by payment card on the payment screen.

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

Payment in Person

Any non-immigrant visa (NIV) applicant in New Zealand can pay their visa application fee with cash or debit card at any Kiwi Bank. Before going to a Kiwi Bank located in a New Zealand Post Shop, you must print and carry the applicable U.S. visa fee collection slip available after logging into your profile. Take the printed deposit slip with you to pay your fee.

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

See below the times that you are able to schedule an interview after your specific method of payment.

Scheduling Your Interview After Paying with a Credit/Debit Card

You can schedule your interview immediately after payment if you have paid the appropriate visa application fee online by card.

Payment in Person

If you pay at Kiwi Bank, use the "MRV ref" number to schedule your appointment as seen highlighted in yellow in the image below:

New Zealand Post Receipt

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

Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines
Time of Payment
(Monday to Friday, not including holidays)
Interview Booking
8:30 to 9:59 a.m. After 12 noon
10 to 11:29 a.m. After 1:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:29 p.m. After 3:30 p.m.
1:30 to 2:59 p.m. After 5 p.m.
3 to 4:29 p.m. After 6:30 p.m.
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. After 8:30 p.m.

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.

Refer to your specific visa category for additional required documents and post your application to the U.S. Consulate General at the most convenient New Zealand Post location. Do not attend a visa appointment unless contacted directly by the U.S. Embassy.