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Pay your visa fees

Visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable 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. Please note that only the application fees for nonimmigrant visas are listed here.

Visa types and application fee amounts

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Payment information

Although fees are listed in U.S. dollars, payment must be made using local currency. More information about payment options is here.

Note: In case further clarity on payment related information is required please contact our Support Services

Important note on visa fees:

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 with your concern and we will investigate. Be aware that if you request a chargeback that reverses the charge or payment, your case will be promptly investigated which may lead to fines and/or other legal action.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR NEFT PAYMENTS. Be certain to delete the account details from the payee list once the visa payment is successful to avoid an erroneous transfer of funds in the future.

Other fees

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

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.

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 finish the program.

F, M and J visa principal applicants must check with the U.S. school to make sure the student's information has been entered into SEVIS. You must pay a separate SEVIS fee in addition to the visa application fee. For nonimmigrant students with Form I-20, the SEVIS fee is US$350. For most exchange visitors with Form DS-2019, the SEVIS fee is US$220. Payment cannot be made at the Embassy or Consulate. Instructions for paying the SEVIS fee can be found at

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.

Those applying for Blanket L visa category are subjected to following additional fees. Payment will be made at the cashier window of the consular section on the day of the interview. Fee payment options include:

  • Demand draft in favor of “U.S. Embassy” payable at par.
  • Credit Card (MasterCard or Visa).
  • Cash in Indian rupees or US dollars.
  • Debit cards and personal checks are not accepted.
Fraud prevention and detection fee of $500

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. If a subsequent L-1 visa application is based on a new form I-129S, the Fraud Prevention and Detection fee must be paid again.

Biometric entry-exit fee of $4,500

Blanket L-1 applications for petitioners with more than 50 employees in the United States and with more than 50 percent of those employees in H-1B or L status are subjected to an additional fee of $4,500.

Blanket L fees are not refundable. L-2 derivative applicants are not subject to the additional fees.

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Bank and payment options

In most cases, each visa applicant, including children, is required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable Machine Readable Visa (MRV) application fee, whether a visa is issued or not. The visa application fee is determined by the type of visa for which you wish to apply.

Scheduled appointment

Applicants for U.S. visas are required to appear in person for an appointment at the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You must schedule the VAC appointment at least one day before the interview appointment date. You can schedule both appointments, either on-line using this website or through the call center.