Nonimmigrant Visas: Fees

Nonimmigrant visa applicants are required to pay an MRV fee unless exempt from the fee requirement.

The MRV application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. There will be no refund of the fee, regardless of whether the visa is ultimately issued or refused. There will also be no refund of the fee if you schedule an appointment, cancel and do not reschedule within 12 months.

The fee is valid for one visa application within twelve months of the date of payment. If you are unable to attend the interview you may reschedule an appointment for any time within that 12 month period. The fee is not valid for use by a third party

The MRV Fee Schedule is tiered as follows:

  • MRV Fee – $160:00;
  • Petition Based Applicants (H, L, O, P, Q, R) – $190:00;
  • E-1, E-2 & E-3 visa applicants – $205:00

The fee is paid at the time you schedule the interview.  Payment is by debit card only.

Further information concerning the MRV fee can be found on the Department of State website (travel.state.gov).

Blanket L-1 Visa Applicants are required to pay a Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee of $500.00, and for those who are subject to it, a Border Security Act fee of $4,500. Please check with your employer to see if the Border Security Act fee applies in your case. The fee(s) will be paid to the Embassy’s cashier on the day of the visa interview. Fees may be paid in cash – sterling or dollar equivalent, or by Credit Card – Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover or American Express. The Embassy does not accept any other credit or debit cards, or personal checks.

Issuance Fees

Nationals of certain countries are required to pay an issuance fee in order for an approved visa to be issued. Fees are based on reciprocity and reflect the charges levied by the applicant’s government to a U.S. citizen for a similar service.  Note:  The only issuance fees charged to a British Citizen passport holder is for the L-2 and E-2 visas.

Applying in person:  Those applying for a visa in person through a pre-arranged appointment, will be advised whether or not an issuance fee is required. Issuance fees are paid to the Embassy cashier. Fees may be paid in cash – dollars or sterling equivalent, by Credit Card – Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover or American Express or Debit Card – Visa. The Embassy does not accept any other credit or debit cards, or personal checks.

Applying for a visa through the Courier Service: If your application is successful, the Embassy will notify you by mail of the issuance fee and methods of payment.