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Issuance Fees
 

I paid a fee at the time I scheduled an appointment.  Why am I being asked to pay an additional fee?

All visa applicants are required to pay an application fee which is charged to cover the costs involved in the processing of a visa application. However, nationals of certain countries are required to pay an issuance fee in order for the visa to be issued. The fees are based on reciprocity and reflect the fees charged by the applicant's government for a similar service to a U.S. citizen.

How do I pay the fee?

If you apply for a visa in person and are found eligible, the issuance fee is paid to the Embassy cashier on the day of the interview.

If you are applying for a visa through the courier service, you may pre-authorize payment on the credit card payment form [PDF 48kb] and enclose the form with your visa application. Alternatively, you may wait until the Embassy processes your application and notifies you of the issuance fee. If you wait until the Embassy notifies of you of payment, you may mail the fee to the Embassy.

What is the acceptable method of payment?

If you will pay on the day of the visa interview, you will be required to pay in cash - dollars or sterling equivalent, by credit card - Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover or American Express or debit card - Visa only. 

If you are applying through the courier service and wish to pre-authorized payment, payment must be by credit card Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover or American Express, using the Embassy provided credit card payment form [PDF 48kb]. If you wait until the Embassy notifies you of the requisite issuance fee; payment may be by credit card.

If I choose to pre-authorize payment of the issuance fee, what do I do?

You should complete the credit card payment form [PDF 48kb] by entering the amount to be deducted from your credit card and enclose the form with your visa application.

How do I know how much to enter?

Check the issuance fee schedules on the Department of State's website. Go to the relevant section, find the category of visa for which you wish to apply and check under "fee". If there is an amount entered, this is the amount you should enter on the credit card payment form.

Some fee schedules are tiered. In such cases, you should enter the amount which corresponds to the validity of visa you require.

If I choose to pre-authorize payment of the issuance fee, will my visa be issued?

There is no guarantee that you will be issued a visa if you enclose a pre-authorization credit card payment form with your application. No such guarantees can be offered.

What are the advantages of pre-authorizing payment of the issuance fee?

It will eliminate the time it will take to process your application, if you are found eligible for a visa.

What if my application is refused?

If your application is refused, the credit card payment form will be returned to you. No deduction will be made against the card

Can I use a debit card?

If you are applying through for a visa through the courier service the Embassy accepts Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover or American Express credit cards only.  If you attend the Embassy in person, payment may be by debit card - Visa only.   

Can I pay the application and issuance fee together?

No. The application fee and issuance fee are separate fees.

Why am I being asked to pay an issuance fee when I am a permanent resident of the U.K./I am married to a British citizen?

Issuance fees are determined by the nationality of the passport, not the applicant's status in the United Kingdom. As long as you continue to hold a passport from a country which has reciprocal issuance fees, you will be charged a fee for a visa.

Why is the issuance fee more/less than my friend?

Issuance fees are based on reciprocity and reflect the fees charged by your government for a similar service to an American citizen. Different governments charge different fees and this is reflected in the issuance fee which we are asking you to pay.

The fee schedules indicate that the validity period of the visa is three months. However, I will not be traveling to the U.S. within the next three months. What should I do?

You should delay applying for the visa until closer to your intended date of departure.

What if the visa does not cover my entire stay in the United States?

The period of validity of a visa relates only to the time in which you may travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not determine how long you may remain in the country. This is a matter for the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection at the port of entry.

What do you mean by single entry/one entry?

The visa is valid for one trip to the United States. If you are planning future visits, you will be required to apply for a new visa.

I am joining a cruise ship in the U.S. which will necessitate me making more than one journey into the U.S. My itinerary requires that I re-enter the U.S. on my way home. What do I do?

You should contact the Embassy before applying for the visa.