Additional U.S. Visa Fee in India

$1 = Rs. 69.55

At the time of applying for a U.S. visa, you pay an application fee.

In some cases, there are additional visa fees, such as visa issuance fees or other fees, as described below. Depending upon the fee, these additional fees are to be paid directly to the National Visa Center, to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or to the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Visa Issuance (“Reciprocity”) Fees 
    Citizens of certain countries would need to pay U.S. visa issuance fees, called “reciprocity” fees, and those fees are based on how much that country would charge the U.S. citizens to issue similar types of visas.

    Visa Reciprocity Fees by Country 

    For citizens of India and Bhutan, as well as holders of the yellow Identity Certificate, there is no U.S. visa issuance fee.

  • Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee of $500
    First time L-1 visa applicants who are covered under a blanket petition for L status must pay a Fraud Prevention and Detection fee of $500. 

    If a subsequent L-1 visa application is based on a new form I-129S, the fee must be paid again. 

    This fee does not apply to L-2 visa applicants. 

    Blanket L fees are non-refundable. 

    Rs. 34,775

  • Biometric Entry-Exit Fee of $4,500
    Blanket L-1 applications for petitioners with more than 50 employees in the U.S. and with more than 50% of those employees in H-1B or L status must pay an additional fee of $4,500.

    This fee does not apply to L-2 visa applicants. 

    Blanket L fees are non-refundable. 

    Rs. 312,975M

  • SEVIS Fee
    The SEVIS Fee needs to be paid by F, M, and J principal applicants.

    SEVIS Fee Payment

Visa Fee Options

Additional fees can be paid by several methods:

  • Demand Draft
    It should be made payable to “American Consulate General”, payable at Chennai. 

  • Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa)

  • Indian Rupees or U.S. Dollars in cash.

Debit cards and personal checks are not accepted.

Visa Fee Payment

  • Visa Issued:
    You must pay the issuance immediately at the appropriate counter in the consulate/embassy. The visa will not be issued without this fee. Once the visa has been issued, the issuance fee is non-refundable.

  • Visa Refused:
    Go to the bank where you purchased the demand draft to cancel and claim the money back. 

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