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Important:
Applicants must follow payment instructions very carefully. Payments made incorrectly are non-refundable. Please see the Visa Fees section for more detailed fee information or call the call center with any questions.

Overview

Most applicants, including children, are required to pay a Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee to initiate their U.S. visa application. This U.S. Government-mandated fee is a visa processing fee that is payable whether or not a visa is issued.

Applicants should first determine whether or not they require a visa to travel to the United States before submitting their applications.

Certain individuals may not need to pay an MRV fee, for example:

 

Certain individuals may not need a visa, for example:

  • If you already hold a valid visa for your intended purpose of travel, you may not need a visa.
  • If you are a citizen of Canada or Bermuda (but not applying for an A, E, G, K or V visa category), you may not need a visa.

For more information about fee exemptions, please visit this page.

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

In Poland you may pay your visa fee, also known as the machine-readable visa (MRV) fee, using one of the following options:

  • Online Payment with Debit Card/PolCard (check here when your receipt will be active) 
  • Online Banking Transfer or Cash at Applicant’s Own Bank(check here when your receipt will be active) 
  • Cash at Bank Pocztowy(check here when your receipt will be active) 

 

Payments made incorrectly are non-refundable. Common mistakes include paying in the wrong currency, paying without your proper receipt or reference number, and making duplicate payments. If you believe you have encountered a problem, contact the call center before attempting another payment.

Please follow the steps below to pay your visa fee:

Step 1

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

Without creating a profile in this system, you will experience considerable delays in receiving your receipt. It is critical to follow these instructions carefully.

Step 2

Once you log in to your profile, please click on the “New Application/ Schedule Appointment” option on the left side of your screen. Complete all required steps.

 
Step 3

Once you are on the Payment screen, click the “Click Here For All Payment Options” link to select your form of payment. To review further payment details, read the Fee Payment Options sections below.

Visa Payment Fee Options

 

Values are shown in U.S. Dollars (USD); however, the fee is paid in Polish złoty (PLN) only.
The PLN amounts are calculated automatically by the system 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 not be able to schedule an interview.

Step 4

Select the payment option that is most convenient for you and make your payment. 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. There is no refund possible regardless of the outcome of this application.

Step 5

Whichever payment option you choose, you must save your CGI reference or receipt number. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your CGI reference or receipt number.

Step 6

Once you pay your visa fee, you can schedule your interview according to the fee payment processing timelines below. If you are not automatically redirected, log in to your profile here and complete the Schedule Your Appointment steps with your CGI reference or receipt number.

Fee Payment Options

Online Payment with Debit Card/PolCard

Using this payment option, you can schedule your appointment instantly (immediately after your bank processes the payment).

If you are applying for multiple visas for your family or group, you may combine the individual MRV fees for each application into one payment. Be aware that if you create a profile for your whole family or group, the system will prompt you by default to pay for the whole group.

Please note that to be accepted, PolCards must have a VISA/MasterCard logo on the card and also a CVV number on the back of the card.

Remember, we DO NOT accept credit cards!

    1. Once you log in to your profile and while on the payment screen, you can select to pay by DebitCard/PolCard.

      Debit Card / PolCard
    2. After you have selected debit card as an option for your payment, please write down your receipt number in case of any problems. The receipt number will be used to schedule your appointment. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your receipt number.
      Receipt Number
    3. When you click on the “Continue” button, you will be transferred into the payment system. You have to provide all required information. If the system asks for an “issue number,” please input “0”.

If you have any question regarding this payment option and you are not sure if this option is available on your debit card, please first contact your bank.

When making your Online Payment with a Debit Card 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 it is redirected to the web site to schedule the appointment.

IF YOU ARE NOT AUTOMATICALLY REDIRECTED, PLEASE FIRST CHECK YOUR ACCOUNT IN THE ONLINE APPLICANT SYSTEM HERE TO CONFIRM IF THE FIRST ATTEMPT WAS SUCCESSFUL. IF YOU CAN NOT SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT PLEASE CONTACT THE VISA INFORMATION SERVICE.

 

  1. When the transaction is successfully completed, you can schedule your appointment immediately. The receipt number is automatically added to your profile in the appointment system.

Online Banking Transfer or Cash at Applicant’s Own Bank

Using this payment option, you will be able to schedule your appointment after 13:00 on the next business day if the payment is received by our bank by 17:00. If the payment is received by our bank after 17:00, you will be able to schedule your appointment after 13:00 on the second business day. The timing is based on when our bank receives your payment.

 You may pay your MRV fee using your online bank account or you can pay in cash at any bank. Your bank may apply charges to your account for these transactions.

If you are applying for multiple visas for your family or group, you may combine the individual MRV fees for each application into one payment. Be aware that if you create a profile for your whole family or group, the system will prompt you by default to pay for the whole group.

  1. After logging into your profile and while on the payment screen, select the “online bank transfer” or “cash” payment option.

 

Your unique CGI reference number will appear on the screen along with the information required to make the bank transfer or cash payment. You will use this number when processing your online payment. You must include this unique CGI reference number in the bank transfer instructions to your bank; otherwise, there will be a delay processing your payment. Please enter the number carefully.

 

 

2. Make only one bank transfer per CGI Reference Number, as the payment is non-refundable. It is critical that you keep the CGI Reference number that you use to make your online bank transfer. You must have this number as proof of payment in order to schedule your visa interview appointment. It is the applicant's responsibility to save this number.

3. Enter your CGI Reference Number in the “reference/reason to transfer,” “Remitting ID,” or other reference field on your online banking funds transfer page. Do not alter the CGI number or include any other information. If you do not include the CGI Reference, your payment will not be recognized. If you decide to pay in cash at the bank, print the document with your CGI Reference and fill out the bank form accordingly.

 

You make this payment using your own online banking accountDO NOT pay in USD or EURO, only PLN. The PLN amounts are calculated automatically by the system based on the consular currency exchange rate determined by the U.S. Department of State.

The CGI reference number can be used for your US Visa application only after the payment is processed by the bank it was made in and the funds are received by CGI. Please check the Scheduling your interview web page on our web site for more information on regards to receipt activation timelines .

 

Additional Fees:

  • If you pay this fee at a third-party bank, you may be charged a fee by the bank.
  • If you wish for your bank to expedite this transfer, you may be charged a fee by the bank.

 

Cash at Bank Pocztowy

Using this payment option you will be able to schedule your appointment after 12 noon on the next business day.

Any nonimmigrant visa applicant can pay the visa application fee in cash at any full-service Bank Pocztowy branch (placówka). Payments are not accepted at any other sub-branch of the bank (including Urząd Pocztowy, Filia Urzędu Pocztowego and Pocztowe Stanowiska Finansowe). The fee is payable in Polish złoty (PLN) only.

  • Before going to a Bank Pocztowy location, you must print the applicable U.S. visa application deposit slip available below on this page. Take the printed deposit slip with you to pay your fee. You will be unable to pay your fee if you do not bring a valid deposit slip. To find a Bank Pocztowy branch, please click here.
  • YOU MUST PRINT A UNIQUE DEPOSIT SLIP FOR EACH TRANSACTION. When making group payments, you MUST download a new deposit slip for each individual applicant. For example, if you have five family members that are applying for a visa, you must bring five different deposit slips to the bank and process five separate transactions to pay the visa fees. For security reasons the account number on the deposit slip contains X’s instead of digits. This is normal and the bank will accept this slip as valid.
  • Please note the expiration date on the deposit slip. If the expiration date passes prior to using the slip to make your payment, simply return to this site and click the appropriate link below to generate a new deposit slip or deposit slips. Fee collection agents will NOT accept payments based on expired deposit slips. Upon receipt of your payment, Bank Pocztowy will issue you a receipt. 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. Values are shown in U.S. dollars; however, payments must be made in PLN. This amount is listed on the deposit slip; it is calculated automatically by the system based on the consular currency exchange rate determined by the U.S. Department of State. This page has more information about the different visa application fees.

Please note that the deposit slips are not compatible with the 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.

If you need further instructions to help you download the deposit slip please refer to Q21 at FAQ.

 

Scheduling Your Interview

Whether you schedule your appointment online using your profile or contact our call center, you will need the CGI Reference Number or Receipt number (depends what payment option you have chosen).

You may schedule your appointment depends on when you pay the fee. If you are in a hurry the quickest way is to pay online by your (or somebody’s else) DEBIT CARD. The other ways of payments require some time to activate your payment in the system.

See the table below for processing timelines.

 

Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines
Payment Method Interview Scheduling Receipt Number for Scheduling Interview
Cash at Bank - Bank Pocztowy After 1200h on the next business day The receipt number is handwritten under your receipt
Online Banking Transfer or Cash at Applicant’s Own Bank

After 1300h on the next business day (if paid before 1700h),

After 1300h on the second business day (if the payment is made after 1700h)

CGI Reference Number
Online Payment with a Debit Card/PolCard

Instant

Receipt Number