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.

You can schedule your interview at any time after 1 p.m. the following business day after making payment at Banco General or at one of the corporate branches of Citibank in Panama.


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 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 need to pay the MRV fee include, but are not limited to:

  • If you are applying for an A or G visa for official travel
  • 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)

 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.

Cash at Bank

You can pay your nonimmigrant visa application fee with cash at Banco General or at one of the corporate branches of Citibank in Panama. Before going to a branch, you must print the applicable U.S. visa application deposit slip available below on this page.

DO NOT print multiple copies of the same deposit slip. You must have a unique deposit slip for each transaction.

Take the printed deposit slip with you to the bank. If you do not have the deposit slip or if you have multiple copies of the same receipt, you will have to return at a later time to pay the fee with the proper documentation. Failure to follow these instructions can lead to delays in your ability to schedule an appointment. Upon receiving of your payment, Citibank or Banco General will issue you your receipts. 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. 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.

Google Chrome users may have to take the following steps to properly display the deposit slips:

Step 1
Click on the PDF icon in the address bar.

Step 2
A prompt to open in Adobe Reader will be displayed.

Step 3
Click on the ‘Open in Adobe Reader’ link.

Step 4
The deposit Slip will be displayed.


Deposit Slips

After you have paid the visa application fee, keep the bank 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 Banco General or Citibank
You can schedule your interview after 1 p.m. the following business day after you have paid the appropriate fee at Banco General or at one of the corporate branches of Citibank in Panama. Use the "Payment Reference Number" to schedule your appointment as seen in red in the image below:






Bank Transfer (Internet Banking)

If you have a bank account with Lafise then you can pay your MRV fee online using SafetyPay.

You can pay for multiple fees in one payment using this method and you are able to schedule your appointment immediately.

SafetyPay enables you to make a direct bank transfer direct from your bank account in Panama. This payment process can be administered online. Please follow the appropriate link below for instructions on paying the visa application fee amount that matches your visa category

If you are scheduling visa appointments for multiple family members or a group, you can choose the number of people by selecting the quantity in the table below and making the payment.

Please ensure you read the SafetyPay instructions carefully before making your payment. 

Visa Types and U.S. Dollar Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Visa Type
Visa Type Description Fee Amount (USD) Fee Amount (PAB) Select Quantity
B Business/Tourist $160 N/A
C-1 Transit $160 N/A
C-1/D Transit and Airline Crew $160 N/A
CW Transitional Worker CNMI $190 N/A
D Ship Crew $160 N/A
E Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty, Long-Term Investor CNMI $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

Once you select in the table above the amount of payments according to the visa type, a popup window will be open. You will see the total amount of your transaction,and you will also seethe unique payment reference, which must be validated after you complete the payment through SafetyPay.

PLEASE BE SURE TO SAVE/PRINT THIS PAYMENT REFERENCE, which must be used in scheduling your appointment to the U.S. Embassy in Panama. It is important that you do not close this window. Click "Continue", a pop up window will be open. Please fill in the details of your bank account to process your payment.

When the payment is completed, return to the window that previously had been opened and press "Confirm payment".

When making your online payment please:

  • DO NOT refresh the web page
  • DO NOT press the back button on your browser
  • DO NOT open a new window
  • DO NOT close your web browser until a payment confirmation appears.

Performing any of these actions may result in multiple payments. Please be aware that there may be a delay in the payment being posted to your account. If an error occurs, please check your bank account to see if the payment has been collected.

Credit Card

Step One: Choose your correct visa application (MRV).
Step Two: Select the U.S. Embassy at which you will apply.


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


Step Four: Schedule your interview at any time after 1 p.m. the following business day after you have paid the appropriate fee with a credit card. Click here to schedule your appointment online or click here to contact an agent by telephone. The email address you used to process your payment is your "Receipt Number" when you schedule your appointment, as seen in the image below. Remember that this field is case sensitive so you must enter your email address exactly as you did at the time you made your credit card payment.


How to Enter Email as Receipt Number