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Visa Fees

MRV Application Fee

Nonimmigrant visa applicants are required to pay an MRV fee unless exempt from the fee requirement.  

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 (

E-1 & E-2 visa applicants please note:  You will be instructed by the Treaty Visa Unit with regard to the method of payment. 

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-1/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:  Nonimmigrant Visa applicants eligible to apply for a visa by courier and who are required to pay an issuance fee, may pre-authorize payment of that fee at the time they submit their application. Payment is by credit card - Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover or American Express.  The form may be downloaded by clicking on the Credit Card Payment Form for Visa Issuance Fee, Form NIV-30a (PDF - 48Kb).

If your application is denied, the credit card payment form will be returned to you and no charge made against your credit card.

If you do not wish to pre-authorize payment, you should wait for the Embassy to process your application. If your application is successful, the Embassy will notify you by mail of the issuance fee and methods of payment.


  • 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. There will also be no refund of the fee if you schedule an appointment, cancel and do not reschedule within 12 months.

    The fee is valid for one visa application within twelve months of the date of payment. If you are unable to attend the interview you may reschedule an appointment for any time within that 12 month period. The fee is not valid for use by a third party



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