USA Visa Fees for Non-Immigrant Visa

In order to get a non-immigrant 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 additional issuance fee in case the visa is issued.

Application Fee (MRV Fee)
The following visa fees apply for nonimmigrant visa application. Each applicant, including children, are required to pay a non-refundable and non-transferrable visa applciation 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 for H-1B, L-1A, L-1B visa need to pay 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. Applies to both first-time and renewal cases.
K (fiance) visa
Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty - E visa

Payable at the Consulate.
L1 (Not L2) Blanket Visa Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee
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 US and with more than 50 percent of those employees in H-1B or L status. 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)
Border Crossing Cards (under age 15)

The current fees have two-tiered fee structure for nonimmigrant visas. Petition based applications are charged more fee because they require significantly more processing than non-petition based application. 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.

Visa Issuance Fee
Issuance Fee: The Issuance Fee is based on the reciprocity, and differs by nationality of the applicant. This fee is refundable if the visa is refused. You need to carry the fee when you go for your visa interview.

Issuance fee schedule for various countries

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 US 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 immediate 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.

Country Specific Information