Starting from July 1, 2020 applicants will no longer be able to purchase their MRV fees online via debit or credit cards. Applicants may purchase MRV fees through any computerized Russia Post branch located in Russia, via cash payment only. All MRV fees for applications in U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia, purchased via online payment using credit and debit cards up until June 30th will be valid within one year of the date of payment.

Bank and Payment Options/Pay My Visa Fee

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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.

Remember, the MRV fee is non-refundable. Please confirm whether or not you need to apply for a visa. You may not need to apply for a new U.S. visa if you already hold a valid U.S. visa or are a national of a Visa Waiver Program participating country.

Certain individuals may not need a visa, or may be exempt from the fee, for example:

  • If you are applying for an A or G visa for official travel, you do not need to pay the MRV fee
  • If you are applying for a J visa to participate in a U.S. Government-sponsored program, you do not need to pay the MRV fee
  • 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

If you do need to pay the fee, please follow the instructions below for paying your visa application fee. For more information about fee exemptions, please visit this page.

Remember: Visa application fees (MRV fees) are nonrefundable.

Fee Payment Options

Cash at Bank

You can pay your nonimmigrant visa application fee in cash at any computerized Russia Post branch in Russia. Before going to the bank, you must print and carry the applicable U.S. visa fee collection slip available on this web page. Take the completed fee collection slip to the bank when you pay your fee. Be sure that you pay the exact amount indicated on the deposit slip. After receiving your payment, the bank will give you a receipt. From the list below, please select the payment slip that matches your visa application fee. Values are shown in U.S. dollars. This page has more information about the different visa application fees. For any fee payment related issues please contact our call-center

Russia Post Payment Slips Issuance Fee (Reciprocity Fee)

Beginning March 4, 2019, Russian nationals are no longer required to pay a visa issuance (reciprocity) fee when their B-1/B-2 (visitors for business or tourism) visa applications are approved. Non-Russian nationals may be required to pay an issuance fee depending on their country of citizenship. For details about which nationalities are required to pay an issuance fee, please visit this page. Please note that issuance (reciprocity) fees cannot be paid in advance through Russia Post, but can be paid at the Embassy/Consulate General on the day of your interview in rubles, US dollars, or by credit card.

Scheduling Your Interview

Whether you schedule your appointment online or contact our call center, you will need the receipt number printed on your receipt. You can find the receipt number outlined in red below.

Fee Payment Receipt

Cash at Bank

You can schedule your interview one business day after paying your visa application fee.

The table below shows the different fee payment processing times and when you can schedule your interview after paying your application fee. If you are facing any issues with your receipt number while scheduling your appointment, please contact our call-center for assistance.

Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines - Cash at Bank (Computerized branches of Russia Post)
Time of Payment Bank Receipt Purchase Date Interview Booking
During business hours Russia Post Same day One business day after making payment

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