Visa Fees

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Overview

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. Depending on your citizenship and the type of visa you are applying for, you may also have to pay a visa issuance or “reciprocity” fee. 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.

Payment Information

Although fees are listed in U.S. dollars, payment must be made using local currency. You can pay your fee at any IBL Bank location. More information about payment options is here.

Restrictions

Your visa application fee is non-refundable and you cannot transfer it to another person. You will receive a receipt after paying the application fee. This receipt is valid for one year from the date of payment and allows you to schedule your interview at the U.S. Embassy. You must schedule your interview while the receipt is valid, which means your interview must be booked within one year of paying your fee. If you do not schedule an interview within a year of payment then your receipt will expire, you will not be able to schedule an interview, and you must pay the fee again and begin the process anew.

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 use the "Provide Feedback" link on the left to log 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.

Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts

The application fees are listed below and apply to one visa application. The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is US$160. This includes tourist, business, student, and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious visas, are US$190. K visas cost US$265 and the fee amount for E visas is US$205 The tables below have a more comprehensive list of visa types and fee amounts.

Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Fee Class
Fee Amount (USD) Fee Amount (LBP) Visa Type Description
$160 N/A B Business/Tourist
$160 N/A C-1 Transit
$160 N/A D Ship/Airline Crew
$160 N/A F Student (academic)
$160 N/A I Journalist and Media
$160 N/A J Exchange Visitors
$160 N/A M Student (vocational)
$160 N/A T Victim of Human Trafficking
$160 N/A TN/TD NAFTA Professionals
$160 N/A U Victim of Criminal Activity
$190 N/A H Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees
$190 N/A L Intracompany Transferees
$190 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
$265 N/A K Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen
$205 N/A E Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty
Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Visa Type
Visa Type Description Fee Amount (USD$) Fee Amount(LBP)
B Business/Tourist $160 N/A
C-1 Transit $160 N/A
D Ship/Airline Crew $160 N/A
E Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty $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
U Victim of Criminal Activity $160 N/A
TN/TD NAFTA Professionals $160 N/A

Visa Types and Conditions with No Fee Required

  • Applicants for A, G, C-2, C-3, NATO, and diplomatic visas (as defined in 22 CFR 41.26);
  • Applicants holding J visas and who are participating in certain official U.S. Government-sponsored educational and cultural exchanges;
  • Replacement of a machine-readable visa within one year of visa issuance, when the original visa was not properly affixed or the visa needs to be reissued through no fault of the applicant;
  • Applicants exempted by international agreement, including members and staff of an observer mission to United Nations Headquarters recognized by the UN General Assembly, and their immediate families;
  • Applicants traveling to provide certain charitable services;
  • U.S. Government employees traveling on official business; and,
  • A parent, sibling, spouse or child of a U.S. Government employee killed in the line of duty who is traveling to attend the employee's funeral and/or burial; or a parent, sibling, spouse, son or daughter of a U.S. Government employee critically injured in the line of duty for visitation during urgent treatment and convalescence.

Other Fees

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

The U.S. Government continuously re-evaluates reciprocity schedules worldwide to ensure that U.S. visa issuance fees are commensurate with fees imposed by other governments on U.S. citizens.  U.S. Embassy Beirut engaged with Lebanese authorities regarding fee reciprocity for nearly two years, asking the Government of Lebanon to adjust the visa and residency fees it charges American citizens to be commensurate with the fees the U.S. government charges Lebanese citizens.  Lebanon’s visa and residency fees, however, have remain unchanged.   Accordingly, in keeping with our global policy of visa fee reciprocity, the U.S. is changing non-immigrant visa fees for Lebanese citizens.

Effective August 7, 2019, U.S. visa reciprocity fees for Lebanon are revised for the non-immigrant visa categories listed below.   The revised fees are commensurate with those the Government of Lebanon charges U.S. citizens. The new reciprocity fees must be paid at the Embassy on the day of the visa interview, if the visa is approved.  The Embassy accepts cash payments in U.S. dollars or Lebanese pounds or banker checks (in Lebanese pounds only) made out to “Citibank NA Lebanon – U.S. Disbursing Officer.”  These fees are in addition to the standard $160 visa application fee paid by applicants globally.

Primary visa applicants and their dependents must each pay the reciprocity fee.

 

    Visa Type                                                              Reciprocity Fee

F1/F2             Student (academic/language)     $708

H                     Worker and Training,                    $2,243

J1/J2               Exchange Visitors                         $708

L1/L2              Intercompany Transferees          $3,843

M1/M2            Student (vocational)                       $708

R1/R2             Religious Worker                          $1,843

Please direct all questions regarding reciprocity fees to support-Lebanon@ustraveldocs.com.

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

F, M and J visa principal applicants: Check with your U.S. school to make sure your information has been entered into SEVIS. You will need to 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.DHS will maintain the $35 I-901 SEVIS Fee for J exchange visitors in the au pair, camp counselor, and summer work travel program participant categories, but the full I-901 SEVIS Fee for other J exchange visitors is now $220. Proof of payment is required before your student or exchange visitor visa will be issued. Payment cannot be made at the U.S. 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) 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. This fee should be paid to the cashier at the Consular Section on the day of the interview. If a subsequent L-1 visa application is based on a new Form I-129S, the Fraud Prevention and Detection fee must be collected again.