Payment Options/Pay My Visa Fee

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The U.S. Mission to El Salvador understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

IMPORTANT: As of July 31, 2021, Banco Cuscatlán will no longer receive payments corresponding to visa applications. Applicants may continue to make their payments on a regular basis at any Puntoxpress agency in the country or using a debit card online.

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

The MRV fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Applicants should first determine whether or not they require a visa to travel to the US before submitting their applications.

Examples of individuals that may not require a visa include, but are not limited to:

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

 Examples of individuals that may not need to pay the MRV fee include, but are not limited to:

  • If you are applying for an A or G visa for official travel
  • If you are applying for a J visa to participate in a U.S. Government-sponsored program (programs beginning with G-1, G-2, G-3, G-7)

If you 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.

Remember that the data on your profile must be accurate and truthful, that is, it must contain the correct information, just as it is in the passport of the applicant requesting the visa, regardless of whether it is a minor or not. Once the data has been entered into the profile and associated with a payment receipt, it is not possible to make changes to the profiles. If the data on the profile does not match with your passport information, you will have to make a new payment.Please remember, the MRV fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

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.

Online Payment with a Debit/Credit Card 


The most convenient payment method for your nonimmigrant visa application (NIV) fee is online with a Debit Card (Checking Card, Banking Card) or Credit Card

    1. Once you log into your profile and while on the payment screen, you can select to pay by debit card.
    2. After you pay the visa application fee, print your receipt for your records. Save your receipt with the transaction number. The transaction 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 transaction number.
    3. When you have completed the payment, you MUST return to the profile and hit 'Continue' to schedule the appointment. Follow all the steps and when you are prompted for payment again, you should select the Debit card payment option, so that your receipt gets linked correctly to the profile.

Cash at PuntoXpress

You can pay your nonimmigrant visa application fee with cash at any PuntoXpress service point nationwide.  You must log into your profile, follow all the instructions and when prompted for payment, select the PuntoXpress option to print out the deposit slip that you will take to any branch to complete the payment. PuntoXpress 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.

After you have paid the visa application fee, keep the receipt for your records. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your receipt number.

Scheduling Your Interview After Paying in Person at PuntoXpress
You can schedule your interview after 1 p.m. the following business day after you have paid the appropriate fee at PuntoXpress. Use the "Reference Number" to schedule your appointment.