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 American Institute of Taiwan (AIT).

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

Instructions to Pay Your Visa fee

In Taiwan you may pay your Visa Fee in person at any branch of Taiwan Post. 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 New Taiwanese Dollars (NT$) if you are making the payment in Taiwan. 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 print your CGI Deposit slip to take to a Chungwha Post location or pay via Online Banking (EFT) or ATM. DO NOT PRINT MULTIPLE COPIES OF THE DEPOSIT SLIP. If you are applying for multiple visas for your family or group, only ONE payment is required.

The NT$ 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

Visit a Chungwha Post location to pay your visa fee or pay via Online Banking (EFT) or ATM. 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 you must save the Chungwha Post Cashier receipt for your records. If paying via EFT or ATM, you must retain the Customer (Payer) Reference also, 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 1pm the following business day. Log-in to your profile and complete the Schedule Your Appointment steps with your receipt number.(136XXXXXXXXXXX)

Please ensure you have deleted the first three digits (i.e. 136) of the CGI Reference Number when entering the receipt number to schedule your appointment.

Fee Payment Options

Cash at Chungwha Post Branches

You can pay your nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application fee in cash at any of branch of Chungwha Post. Before going to the payment location, you must print and carry the applicable U.S. visa fee collection slip available after logging into your profile.

DO NOT PRINT MULTIPLE COPIES OF THE DEPOSIT SLIP. If you are applying for multiple visas for your family or group, only ONE payment is required. Only ONE CGI Deposit Slip is required. To improve the bar code reading quality, please use laser printer to print the payment slip. Take the printed deposit slip with you to pay your fee. Be sure that you pay the exact amount indicated on the deposit slip. After receiving your payment, the Chungwha Post 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.Please ensure you have deleted the first three digits (i.e. 136) of the CGI Reference Number when entering the receipt number to schedule your appointment.

Please ensure high quality printing of your deposit slip. Blurry or incomplete printing will affect your ability to make payment over the counter or the activation time of your receipt to schedule your interview appointment.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

You may pay your MRV Fee using your domestic 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 Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) option. Your unique Customer Reference Number  will pop-up on the screen. You will use this number when processing your online payment.
  2. Make only one payment per Customer Reference Number as the payment is non-refundable. It is critical that you keep the Customer Reference Number that you use to make your 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 the following beneficiary details in your online banking form to complete your electronic transfer in NT$ only:
    Beneficiary Bank: 美國銀行台北分行(Bank of America Merrill Lynch Taipei)
    Bank Code + Branch Code: 022001
    Account Number: 'Your Unique Customer Reference Number ’(136XXXXXXXXXXX)
    Amount: xxx.00 NT$ Only
ATM

Using the EFT Payment Slip, you can pay your MRV Fee at any ATM or via Web ATM.

  1. You must log into your profile and select the EFT option.
  2. Using the EFT deposit slip, you must input your 14 digit Customer (Payer) Reference Number when prompted at an ATM. Failure to input the correct Customer (Payer ) Reference number will result in a delay to your payment being accepted.
  3. IMPORTANT: The Customer Reference Number is also the Bank Account Number.
  4. Please pay the correct amount only. Failure to pay the correct amount will result in a delay to your payment being recognized.
  5. Payment must be made in NT$ only.
  6. Please follow the following Beneficiary Bank account details to complete your payment. Do not make any amendments to these details.
    Beneficiary Bank: 美國銀行台北分行 (Bank of America Merrill Lynch Taipei)
    Bank Code: 022
    Bank Account (Customer Reference) Number: (136XXXXXXXXXXX)

The Customer (Payer) Reference is unique to your payment. Do not lose it or make any amendments to this account number.

International transactions or transactions effectuated from outside Taiwan are not allowed and funds will be remitted to your account minus any transactions costs.

Scheduling Your Interview

Whether you schedule your appointment online or contact our call center, you will need the CGI Reference Number (136XXXXXXXXXXX)from your printed deposit slip.

Please ensure you have deleted the first three digits (i.e. 136) of the CGI Reference Number when entering the receipt number to schedule your appointment.

Chungwha Post Receipt

Please Note: This is a sample only, please do not attempt to make payment using this sample.

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See the table below for processing timelines
Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines 
Time of Payment Interview Booking
Pay before 5pm local time 1pm local time the next business day.
Example: If you pay on Monday before 5pm, your receipt will be activated after 1pm on Tuesday
Pay  after  5pm local time 1pm local time on the following business day + 1 (2 days after payment).
Example: If you pay on Monday after 5pm, your receipt will be activated after 1pm on Wednesday