In order to get a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, you will need to pay several fees. Except for very few visa types, everyone has to pay the visa application fees. Depending upon the visa type and country of citizenship, some applicants may also have to pay an additional issuance fee in case the visa is issued.
Application Fee (MRV Fee)
The following visa fees apply for nonimmigrant visa applications. Each applicant, including children, is required to pay a non-refundable and non-transferrable visa application fee. This fee must be paid irrespective of whether a visa is issued or not.
|Visa Type||U.S. Dollars|
|All non-petition-based applications, including, but not limited to:
Business and/or Tourist – B1/B2
Transit – C-1
Ship/Airline Crew – D
Student – F, M
Journalist and Media – I
Exchange Visitor – J
Victim of Human Trafficking – T
NAFTA Professionals – TN/TD
Victim of Criminal Activity – U
|All petition-based applications
Temporary Workers – H, L, O, P, Q, R
|Additional fee for certain H-1B, L-1A, L-1B applicants
Applicants for H-1B, L-1A, L-1B visas need to pay an additional $2,250 if the petitioner has more than 50 employees in the U.S. and has more than 50% of those employees in H-1B or L (including L-1A, L-1B, and L-2) status. This applies to both first-time and renewal cases.
|Fiancé/Fiancée – K visa||$265|
|Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty – E visa
Payable at the Consulate.
|L1 (Not L2) Blanket Visa Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee||$500|
|Biometric Entry-Exit fee for certain H-1B, L-1A, L-1B
Payable at the Consulate.
Blanket L-1 applications for petitions with more than 50 employees in the U.S. and with more than 50% of those employees in H-1B or L status. This applies to both first-time and renewal cases.
|F1 and M1 Sevis Fee (F2 and M2 Exempt)
|J1 Sevis Fee (J2 Exempt)
|Diplomat passport holders, applicants for A,G, C-2, C-3, NATO, and U.S. Government-sponsored J visa||None (zero)|
|Border Crossing Cards (Age 15 and older)||$160|
|Border Crossing Cards (Under age 15)||$17|
The current fees have a two-tiered fee structure for nonimmigrant visas. Petition-based applications are charged a larger fee because they require significantly more processing than non-petition-based applications. The rate difference is for improvements in the manner and speed with which visa applications are processed, and in particular for fraud-detection efforts. The total fee covers the cost of accepting, adjudicating, and issuing nonimmigrant visa applications.
Certain categories of US visa applicants are exempt from paying the visa application fee.
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Visa Issuance Fee
Issuance Fee: The Issuance Fee is based on the reciprocity and differs by the nationality of the applicant. This fee is refundable if the visa is refused. You need to carry the fee with you when you go for your visa interview.
Furthermore, applicants applying for the following types of visas do not have to pay this fee for applicants from any country:
- A-1: Diplomatic employees
- A-2: Officials or employees of foreign governments
- C-1: Transit Visa, for passing through at a U.S. airport or seaport
- C-1/D: Crewman
- F1, F2, J1, J2, M1, M2: Students
- G: Employees of international organizations who are representing foreign governments
- T: Women and children who are in the United States because they are victims of human trafficking
Visa issued: You must pay the issuance fee 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.