What are the fees for obtaining a visa?

When applying for a visa for the United States there are mandatory fees to pay to validate the application. These fees are called the MRV fee, which stands for “Machine Readable Visa”, which translates to “machine readable visa,” commonly referred to as the visa fee. These fees are paid during the validation of the visa application.

Who is affected by these fees?

The fees to be paid to apply for a visa for the United States concern all foreign citizens wishing to stay in the United States, regardless of their age. These fees are non-refundable. Visa application fees must be paid whether or not a visa is issued. The type of visa you are applying for determines the amount of the fee.

Amount of fees for a USA visa application

The fees to be paid when applying for a visa depend on the type of visa requested. The amount of US $ 160 is the most common amount, it concerns the majority of the different types of visa: business or tourist visas, exchange visas, ect.

On the other hand, some visas have higher application fees, as is the case for work visa applications, for example, where the fee is US $ 190. Here is the detailed list of visa application fees by visa type:

Type de visa
Frais consulaires
B Business / Tourism $ 160
C-1 Transit $ 160
D Vessel / airline crew $ 160
E  Trader / Investor, Australian Professional Specialty $ 205
F Student (academic) $ 160
H Temporary / seasonal workers and employment, interns $ 190
I Journalist and media $ 160
J Exchange visitor $ 160
K Fiancé or spouse of the US citizen $ 265
L Intra-group transferees  $ 190
M Student (professional) $ 160
O People with extraordinary abilities  $ 190
P Athletes. Artists and artists  $ 190
Q International cultural exchange  $ 190
R Religious worker  $ 190
T Victim of human trafficking $ 160
U Victim of criminal activity $ 160
TN / TD NAFTA Professionals $ 160

How to pay visa fees

Payment of fees by bank transfer

You can pay your fees using your online bank account and making a direct bank transfer. This payment process can be administered online. The amount of fees to be paid is indicated in dollars. Payment can be made in any local currency, from any major bank in the world.

The amount to be paid in another currency is indicated on the website during the application process. Amounts in currencies other than US dollars are based on the consular exchange rate determined by the US Department of State. You have to pay the exact amount calculated in your local currency.

Payment in cash with a deposit slip

Visa applicants can pay their application fees in cash only at partner banks and accredited by the US consular administration in the country in which they are located. These fees are paid by means of a deposit slip of the exact amount of fees payable.

Visa fee payment processing times

The next step after payment of the visa application fee will be to make an appointment with the American embassy or consulate closest to you using the CGI reference number or transaction number obtained during the validation of the payment. So from the time it takes to take your payment into account, you will know when it is possible to schedule the interview with the US consular authorities.

Payment method Time before you can make the interview appointment at the US embassy or consulate
Online payment  Immediately after confirmation of payment made online
Cash payment 5 hours after payment made if paid before 6 p.m., or at 10 a.m. the next working day if paid after 6 p.m.

Limitations on payment of visa fees

There is no contract with the visa applicant. The visa applicant is not guaranteed the success of his application. No refund is possible regardless of the result of the request.

Once you have made the fee payment you will receive a payment receipt. This numbered receipt attests to the correct payment of your registration fees. The receipt is valid for 1 year, so you will need to make an appointment at the U.S. Embassy for your interview before the 1 year period has expired.

This payment of fees is personal and attached to a single visa application. It is not transferable, it is attached to a person as part of a single request. It cannot be used or transferred for another visa application.

If you do not use the receipt for 1 year, the charges paid are forfeited. You will no longer be able to use the receipt to justify payment of fees and you will not be able to make an appointment with the US consular administration with this invalid receipt. Your initial unused payment will therefore be canceled. The payment of these costs will be non-refundable whatever the reason given.

You cannot resume the visa application process after the expiration of the validity period of the fee payment receipt. To obtain your visa you will have to restart the process completely and pay the fees again.

Exemption from visa application fees

There are certain cases of visa applications for which there are exceptionally no fees to pay. These exceptions mainly concern:

Are there any other additional charges?

In exceptional cases, additional visa fees are payable directly to the United States consular administration. It’s the case for: