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 US 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 US before submitting their applications.

Examples of individuals that may not require a visa 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 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

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/Consulate General.

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

Instructions to Pay Your Visa fee

In Finland you may pay your visa fee online or in person at any bank. You must first register on the applicant site and choose the ‘schedule your appointment’ option to access the payment option details. See below for the steps.

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 Euros (EUR). 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 to pick your form of payment. To review further payment details read the Fee Payment Options sections below.

The EURO 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.
Step 4

Pick the payment option that is most convenient for you and make your payment. 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

Whichever payment option you choose, you must save your CGI reference number or transaction number. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your CGI reference or transaction number.

Step 6

Once you pay your visa fee, you can schedule your interview according to the Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines below. Log-in to your profile and complete the Schedule Your Appointment steps with your CGI reference number.

Fee Payment Options

Online Banking Transfer

You may pay your MRV Fee using your online bank account. Your bank may apply charges to your account for EFT transactions. If you are applying for multiple visas for your family or group, only ONE payment is required.

  1. After logging into your profile and while on the payment screen, select the online banking transfer option. Your unique CGI reference number will pop-up on the screen. You will use this number when processing your online payment.
  2. Make only one payment per CGI Reference number as the payment is non-refundable. It is critical that you keep the CGI Reference number that you use to make your online bank transfer. You must have this number as proof of payment in order to schedule your visa interview appointment. It is the applicant's responsibility to save this number.
  3. Enter your CGI Reference Number in the ‘reference'/reason to transfer/Remitting ID’ field on your online banking funds transfer page. Do not alter the CGI number or include any other information. If you do not include the CGI Reference, your payment will not be recognized.
  4. Enter the following beneficiary details in your online banking form:
    Bank Name: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    IBAN: FI3533010019006675
    Reference / Reason to transfer: Your CGI Reference Number
    Amount: xxx.00 EUR
    SWIFT/BIC Code: ESSEFIHX
    Beneficiary: Stanley Associates Inc.

The CGI reference number can be used for your US Visa application only after the payment is processed by the bank it was made in and the funds are received. Please check the Scheduling your interview web page on our web site for more information on regards to receipt activation timelines.

Online Payment with an Debit Card

The most convenient payment method for your nonimmigrant visa application (NIV) fee is online with an Debit card.

  1. Once you log into your profile and while on the payment screen, you can select to pay with an 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.

Please note that only one debit card transaction is allowed per 24 hours.

Trustly (Electronic Transfer)
You may pay your MRV Fee using your online bank account using the Trustly service (Direct Bank Transfer). This payment process can be administered online.

1. After logging into your profile and while on the payment screen, you can select the Trustly payment option and enter your internet banking details.
2. Before your payment is verified, you will receive a CGI Reference Number on screen. Once your payment is verified, you will be redirected to the appointment scheduling page. BE SURE TO KEEP/PRINT your CGI Reference Number. This number is proof of payment and is used to schedule your visa appointment at the Embassy. Your CGI reference number is also available on the statement of payment from your online bank account.
When making your online payment please:

DO NOT refresh the web page
DO NOT press the back button on your browser
DO NOT open a new window
DO NOT close your web browser until a payment confirmation appears.
Performing any of these actions may result in multiple payments. Be aware that there may be a delay in the payment being posted to your account. If an error occurs, check your bank account to see if the payment has been collected.

Cash

You can pay your nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application fee in cash at any bank. You may incur charges if you do not choose a third-party bank to where you hold your account. If you are applying for multiple visas for your family or group, only ONE payment is required.

  1. After logging into your profile and while on the payment selection screen, you can select the ‘Cash’ payment Option.
  2. You will print a deposit slip that will contain a unique CGI reference number which you must include in your cash payment. Please make only one payment per CGI Reference number as the payment is non-refundable.
  3. To pay the visa fee take the completed deposit slip to your bank. Include your CGI Reference number in the payment deposit information. If you do not include the CGI Reference number or you do not pay the exact Euro amount indicated on the deposit slip, you will not be able to schedule you appointment.
  4. After receiving your payment, the cashier will give you a receipt. Save your receipt as proof of payment.
Additional Fees: If you pay this fee at a third-party bank, you may be charged a fee. If you wish to expedite this transfer, you may be charged a fee.

The CGI reference number can be used for your US Visa application only after the payment is processed by the bank it was made in and the funds are received. Please check the Scheduling your interview web page on our web site for more information on regards to receipt activation timelines.

Scheduling Your Interview

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

See the table below for processing timelines.

Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines
Payment Method Interview Scheduling Receipt Number for Scheduling Interview
Debit Card Immediately after payment online CGI Reference Number
Trustly Immediately after payment online CGI Reference Number
Online Bank Transfer After 1300h on the next business day (if paid before 1500h) CGI Reference Number
Cash at Bank After 1300h on the next business day (if paid before 1500h) CGI Reference Number