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- Payment Information
- Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts
- Visa Types and Conditions with No Fee Required
- Other Fees
Visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable visa application fee, sometimes referred to as the MRV fee, before applying for a non-immigrant visa. The visa application fee must be paid whether a visa is issued or not. The type of visa for which you apply determines the fee amount. This webpage lists visa application fees associated with each non-immigrant visa type. Please note that only the application fees for non-immigrant visas are listed here.
Although fees are listed in U.S. dollars, payment must be made using local currency. You can pay your fee at any Banco Nacional location if you bring a system-generated deposit slip, which you can obtain here. More information about payment options is here. To find a Banco Nacional branch, click here.
Your visa application fee is non-refundable and you cannot transfer it to another person. You will receive a receipt after paying the application fee. This receipt is valid for one year from the date of payment and allows you to schedule your interview at the U.S. Embassy. You must schedule your interview while the receipt is valid, which means your interview must be booked within one year of paying your fee. If you do not schedule an interview within a year of payment then your receipt will expire, you will not be able to schedule an interview, and you must pay the fee again and begin the process anew.
Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts
The application fees are shown below and apply to one visa application. The application fee for the most common non-immigrant visa types is US$160. This includes tourist, business, student, and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious visas, are US$190. K visas cost US$265 and the fee amount for E visas is US$205 The tables below are a more comprehensive list of visa types and fee amounts.
|Fee Amount (USD)||Fee Amount (CRC)||Visa Type||Description|
|$160||N/A||C-1/D||Transit/Crew (When applying concurrently with a B visa, only one visa application fee (MRV) fee of US$160 is required.)|
|$160||N/A||I||Journalist and Media|
|$160||N/A||T||Victim of Human Trafficking|
|$160||N/A||U||Victim of Criminal Activity|
|$190||N/A||H||Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees|
|$190||N/A||O||Persons with Extraordinary Ability|
|$190||N/A||P||Athletes. Artists & Entertainers|
|$190||N/A||Q||International Cultural Exchange|
|$265||N/A||K||Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen|
|$205||N/A||E||Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty|
|Visa Type||Description||Fee Amount (USD)||Fee Amount (CRC)|
|C-1/D||Transit/Crew (When applying concurrently with a B visa, only one visa application fee (MRV) fee of US$160 is required.)||$160||N/A|
|E||Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian ProfessionalSpecialty||$205||N/A|
|H||Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees||$190||N/A|
|I||Journalist and Media||$160||N/A|
|K||Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen||$265||N/A|
|O||Persons with Extraordinary Ability||$190||N/A|
|P||Athletes. Artists & Entertainers||$190||N/A|
|Q||International Cultural Exchange||$190||N/A|
|T||Victim of Human Trafficking||$160||N/A|
|U||Victim of Criminal Activity||$160||N/A|
Visa Types and Conditions with No Fee Required
- Applicants for A, G, C-2, C-3, NATO, and diplomatic visas (as defined in 22 CFR 41.26)
- Applicants holding J visas and who are participating in certain official U.S. Government-sponsored educational and cultural exchanges
- Replacement of a machine-readable visa within one year of visa issuance, when the visa needs to be reissued through no fault of the applicant
- Applicants exempted by international agreement, including members and staff of an observer mission to United Nations Headquarters recognized by the UN General Assembly, and their immediate families
- Applicants traveling to provide certain charitable services
- U.S. Government employees traveling on official business
- A parent, sibling, spouse or child of a U.S. Government employee killed in the line of duty who is traveling to attend the employee's funeral and/or burial; or a parent, sibling, spouse, son or daughter of a U.S. Government employee critically injured in the line of duty for visitation during urgent treatment and convalescence
If the principal applicant is applying for an L-1 visa under the blanket L visa petition, the principal applicant must pay a $500 fraud prevention and detection fee at the time of their visa interview in the embassy. This must be paid each time a new I-129-S is submitted. The principal applicant may be required to pay a higher $2,250.00 border security act fee if this is indicated on the I-129.
Note: The U.S. petitioner pays the Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee for individual L, H-1B, and H-2B petitions when the petition is filed with USCIS.