Other Fees

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Overview

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.

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. You will only be advised after an interview with a Consular officer if your visa is approved. You will then be directed to pay this fee (if applicable) to the Consular cashier after your interview on the day. Please refer to the below table for a quick guide for Australia citizens. All other nationalities please refer to the Department of State's website which has more information about visa issuance fees and can help you determine if an issuance fee applies to your nationality.

 

Australian Reciprocity (Issuance Fees) as of 23 Dec 2019

 

 

 

Exchange rate - USD$1.00 = AUD$1.60

 

 

 

Visa Type

Description

Fee Amount (USD)

Fee Amount (AUD)

B

Business/Tourist

No Fee

No Fee

C-1

Transit

No Fee

No Fee

C-1/D

Crew in Transit

No Fee

No Fee

CW

Transitional Worker CNMI

No Fee

No Fee

D

Ship/Airline Crew

No Fee

No Fee

E1

Treaty Trader

$3,574.00

$5,718.40

E2

Treaty Investor

$3,574.00

$5,718.40

E3

Australian Professional Specialty

No Fee

No Fee

F1

Student (academic)

$305.00

$488.00

F2

Derivative of F1 Student

$185.00

$296.00

H

Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees

$105.00

$168.00

H1B

Worker (Specialty Occupation)

$1,295.00

$2,072.00

H4

Derivative of H1B Worker

$1,295.00

$2,072.00

I

Journalist and Media

$105.00

$168.00

J

Exchange Visitor

$105.00

$168.00

K

Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen

No Fee

No Fee

L

Intracompany Transferees

$1,790.00

$2,864.00

Blanket L*

Fraud Prevention and Detection

$500.00

$800.00

M

Student (vocational)

$105.00

$168.00

O

Persons with Extraordinary Ability

$105.00

$168.00

P

Athletes. Artists & Entertainers

$105.00

$168.00

Q

International Cultural Exchange

$105.00

$168.00

R

Religious Worker

$45.00

$72.00

T

Victim of Human Trafficking

No Fee

No Fee

U

Victim of Criminal Activity

No Fee

No Fee

TN/TD

NAFTA Professionals

No Fee

No Fee

Blanket L* - If you are required to pay the Fraud Prevention and Detection fee of USD$500.00/AUD$800.00 this will be deducted from the USD$1,790.00/$2864.00 fee.

Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Visa Type

Recent Changes to Reciprocity Explained

Summary:

On December 23, 2019, the reciprocity schedule for Australia will be revised for certain nonimmigrant visa categories.  These changes increase the reciprocity fee for certain visas commensurate to those the Government of Australia imposes on U.S. citizens.  This change also extends the validity of B1, B2, and B1/B2 visas from 12 months to 5 years for no additional fee.  Under the new reciprocity schedule, fees for E1, E2, F1, F2, H1B, H4, L1, L2, R1 and R2 visas has increased  and the visa validity of  L1, L2, R1 and R2 visas has decreased.  For all other nationalities including Australia please review the current reciprocity schedule travel.state.gov.

Improved travel for tourism, business and crew members

The revision in fees allows Australian nationals travelling to the United States for business, tourism, and as crew members to apply for a B1, B2 and B1/B2 visa valid for five years at no additional cost. 

E3 visas are not affected

E3 visas for Australian nationals working in specialist occupations are not affected by this revision.

Significant fee increases/and validity decreases for certain E, F, H, L and R visa categories

We acknowledge that there is a significant fee increase, and in some categories also a decrease in validity, for Australian nationals applying for certain E, F, H, L, and R visa categories.  These changes are in line with the fees and limits imposed by Australia on U.S. citizens for similar visa categories and we are required by law to match this.

Implementing validity decreases/fee increases

Q: Why is the United States revising its visa reciprocity schedule to reduce validity and/or increase fees for nationals of Australia?

  • Executive Order 13780, which was signed by the President in March 2017, required the Department of State to undertake a worldwide review of nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements and arrangements. During that review, the Department of State noted discrepancies between Australia’s visa regime and that of the United States. U.S. law requires U.S. visa fees and validities to be based, insofar as practicable, on the treatment afforded to U.S. citizens. Given that Australia was unable to change its visa regime, the United States is required by law to increase fees for certain visa categories to match Australia’s practices.

Q: Why is Australia being singled out?

  • The President’s Executive Order requires the Department of State to review all nonimmigrant visa reciprocity arrangements worldwide to ensure that U.S. nationals receive reciprocal treatment in terms of validities and fees as that afforded to host country nationals, as required by U.S. law. The Department of State is applying the same criteria to all countries worldwide in reviewing their visa schedules and determining whether discrepancies exist. The reciprocity provisions in U.S. law require the Department to correct these imbalances worldwide for all countries that are unable to bring their visa regimes into parity with that of the United States.

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 a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) until they graduate/leave school or conclude/leave program.

F, M and J visa principal applicants should check with the U.S. school to make sure your information has been entered into SEVIS. You must pay a separate SEVIS fee in addition to the visa application fee. For non-immigrant students with Form I-20 or most exchange visitors with Form DS-2019, the applicable SEVIS fee can be found on the Department of Homeland Security website. Payment is required before your student or exchange visitor visa will be issued. Payment cannot be made at the 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.

Blanket L Fee (Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee)

All applicants who are covered under a blanket petition for L status must pay a Fraud Prevention and Detection fee of US $500. You will be directed to pay this fee prior to the interview with a Consular officer, this fee can only be paid on the day of your interview at the Consulate you are applying with.