Bank and Payment Options & Pay My Visa Fee

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Overview

Most applicants, including children, are required to pay a Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee to initiate their U.S. visa application. This U.S. Government-mandated fee is a visa processing fee that is payable whether or not a visa is issued.

The MRV fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Applicants should first determine whether or not they require a visa to travel to the United States before submitting their applications.

Examples of individuals that may not require a visa include, but are not limited to:

  • If you already hold a valid visa for your intended purpose of travel, you may not need a visa.
  • If you are a citizen of Canada or Bermuda (but not applying for an A, E, G, K or V visa category), you may not need a visa

Examples of individuals that may not be required to pay the MRV fee include, but are not limited to:

  • If you are applying for an A or G visa for official travel, you do not need to pay the MRV fee.
  • If you are applying for a J visa to participate in a U.S. Government-sponsored program (programs beginning with G-1, G-2, G-3, G-7), you do not need to pay the MRV fee.

If you do need to apply for a visa, please follow the payment instructions below. Applicants must make a successful payment before they are permitted to schedule their interview appointment. Applicants who do not pay the correct fee for their visa type may be restricted from scheduling an interview.

Once the initial interview is scheduled, applicants are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointment. If you miss your scheduled appointment time, you may be required to pay the MRV fee again in order to schedule another interview. Please plan accordingly so that you are not required to pay an additional visa application fee. Visa application fees are non-refundable.

Remember: Applicants are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointments. Please plan accordingly so that you are not required to pay another visa application fee. Visa application fees are non-refundable.

Issuance Fee (Reciprocity Fee)

Depending on your citizenship and the type of visa you are applying for, you may also have to pay a visa issuance or “reciprocity” fee. This fee is not an MRV Fee and cannot be used to schedule an appointment. Please make sure that you pay the reciprocity fee in advance only if you are renewing your previous and submitting your application through drop-box channel. If you are scheduling your interview appointment, do not pay the reciprocity fee in advance; the fee should be paid at the time of your interview at the Consular Section of US Embassy.

Please check this page to find out the applicable reciprocity fee amounts.

Instructions to Pay Your Visa fee

In the Dominican Republic you may pay your visa fee in person at any branch of Banco Popular Bank, online if you have an account with Banco Popular or via credit or debit card. You must first register on www.ustraveldocs.com and choose the ‘schedule your appointment’ option to access the payment option details. See below for the steps.

If you are unable to pay online or in person at a Banco Popular branch in the Dominican Republic, a friend, relative, or representative may go to Banco Popular and pay in your stead with a copy of the instructions for the payment of the visa application fee. No other documentation is required.

Step 1

Log-in to our online applicant system and create a profile. This will ensure the proper amount is paid and activated in timely manner. Values are shown in U.S. Dollars (USD); however the fee payable is in the Dominican Republic Peso (DOP). This page has more information about the different visa application fees.

Step 2

Click on Schedule My Appointment option on the left-hand side of your screen. Complete Steps for Visa Type, Post, Visa Category and Visa Class.

Step 3

Once you are on the Payment screen, click on Payment Options. You will see options for cash payment and internet banking. If you choose cash payment, you will print your copy of the instructions for the payment of the visa application fee slip to take to a Banco Popular Bank location. The CGI reference number on the payment instructions is valid for only cash payments at Banco Popular branches. DO NOT PRINT MULTIPLE COPIES OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE VISA APPLICATION FEE. If you are applying for multiple visas for your family or group, only ONE payment is required. If you choose internet banking, you will be provided with a CGI reference number to be used when you access the Banco Popular website. This CGI reference number is valid for only payments via  https://www.popularenlinea.com.

The DOP amounts are based on the consular currency exchange rate determined by the U.S. Department of State. Applicants who do not pay the correct fee for their visa type may be restricted from scheduling an interview. You must complete your payment by the expiration date indicated on your copy of the instructions for the payment of the visa application fee.

Step 4

If you chose cash payment, visit the Banco Popular Bank location to pay your visa fee. You must bring your your copy of the instructions for the payment of the visa application fee to make your payment. Your copy of the instructions for the payment of the visa application fee must contain a valid CGI reference number and Peso amount.

When you pay the visa fee, you acknowledge that this is a non-refundable visa application processing fee required as a prerequisite to the processing of an application. It does not indicate the existence of a contract with the applicant, nor does it guarantee a successful application. There is no refund possible regardless of the outcome of this application.

Step 5

After you have paid the visa application fee, the Banco Popular cashier will issue you a receipt for your records. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your CGI reference number.

Step 6

Once you pay your visa fee, you can schedule your interview at 11:00 a.m. the following business day. Log-in to your profile and complete the Schedule Your Appointment steps with your CGI reference number.

Fee Payment Options

Cash at Banco Popular Bank:

You can pay your nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application fee in cash at any of branch of Banco Popular Bank. Before going to the payment location, you must print and carry a copy of the instructions for the payment of the visa application fee which is available after logging into your profile. The CGI reference number on the payment instructions is valid for only cash payments at Banco Popular branches

DO NOT PRINT MULTIPLE COPIES OF THE PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS. If you are applying for multiple visas for your family or group, only ONE copy of the payment instructions is required.

Only ONE copy of the payment instructions is required. Take the printed payment instructions with you to pay your fee. Be sure that you pay the exact amount indicated on the instructions. After receiving your payment, the Banco Popular cashier will give you a receipt.

Save your receipt with the CGI reference number. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your CGI reference number.

If you are unable to pay in person at a Banco Popular branch in the Dominican Republic, a friend, relative, or representative may go to Banco Popular and pay in your stead with a copy of your payment instructions. No other documentation is required.

Online payment with Banco Popular Bank:

You may also pay your nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application via online banking if you have an account with Banco Popular by following these instructions:

  1. If you haven’t done so already, click here to create a new applicant profile or to return to your current profile.  Select “Internet Banking” for your payment option.  Based on the visa selected, you will see the amount to pay in local currency and a 12-digit CGI reference number. This CGI reference number is valid for only payments via  https://www.popularenlinea.com.
  2. Click on the link to Banco Popular’s payment portal, or navigate to https://www.popularenlinea.com.  Enter with your Banco Popular username and password, and be certain you have at hand the token previously issued by Banco Popular when you opened your account with the bank.
  3. Under the section “Servicios”, click on the blue button at the bottom of the page that says “Adicionar Beneficiarios” to add a new payee, or beneficiary.
  4. Under the tab “Servicios y Beneficiarios”, and use the drown-down menu under “Tipo de Beneficiario” to select “VISA USA”.
  5. In the field “Cuenta o Contrato”, enter the 12-digit CGI reference number from Step 1.  The fields “Alias” and “Correo Electrónico” are not mandatory and may be left blank.  Click on the blue “Continuar” button to continue.
  6. Confirm the amount you are paying in local currency coincides with the visa for which you wish to apply.  Click here  if you wish to consult a schedule of visa fees and make a final confirmation you have selected the correct payment amount. Click on the blue “Continuar” button to continue.
  7. Use the token issued previously by Banco Popular to enter the required security code.  Click on the blue “Continuar” button to process the payment.
  8. After 8 p.m. the following business day, return to your applicant profile to proceed with scheduling your appointment(s).
Online payment with a Credit Card or Debit Card (Check/Bank Card)

Another payment method for your non-immigrant visa application (NIV) fee is online with a Credit Card or a Debit Card (Checking Card, Banking Card).

  1. Once you log into your profile and while on the payment screen, you can select to pay by credit card/debit card.
  2. After you pay the visa application fee, print your receipt for your records. Save your receipt with the transaction number. The transaction number will be used to schedule your appointment. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your transaction number.
  3. When you have completed the payment, you MUST return to the profile and hit 'Continue' to schedule the appointment. Follow all the steps until you see the calendar to schedule.

Note: If you experienced an error at the time of paying, do not make a second payment. Instead return to the payment screen and when you are prompted for payment again, you should select the Credit/Debit card payment option and click "OK", just as if you were about to pay. If the original payment was successful, the receipt will link after this step. If not, submit an email to support-dominicanrepublic@ustraveldocs.com with the first and last four digits of the card used and the date of transaction.

Scheduling Your Interview

Whether you schedule your appointment online or contact our call center, you will need the CGI reference number.

Cash at Banco Popular Bank Locations

See the table below for processing timelines:

Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines - Cash at Banco Popular Bank Locations
Time of Payment Interview Booking
Before 4:00 pm Mon- Fri 11:00 am Next Business Day
 
Online payment with Banco Popular Bank

See the table below for processing timelines:

Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines -
Online payment with Banco Popular Bank
Time of Payment Interview Booking Interview Booking
Before 7:30 p.m. Mon- Fri 11:00 a.m. Next Business Day
 
Online payment with credit or debit card.

See the table below for processing timelines:

Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines -
Online payment with credit or debit card
Time of Payment Interview Booking Interview Booking
Anytime (24 hours a day / 7 days a week) Immediately after payment online.