Nonimmigrant Visas: Fees

We understand 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 we will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, 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 our website for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

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.

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.