Visa Fees

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Overview

Nonimmigrant visa fees worldwide are established in U.S. dollars (USD). The Financial Management Centre at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra determines an official exchange rate for payments made in Australian dollars. All fees may be subject to change without notice and are non-refundable.

Visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) application fee, before applying for a nonimmigrant visa. The visa application fee must be paid whether a visa is issued or not. The type of visa you apply for will determine the fee amount you pay.

Payment Information

Although fees are listed in U.S. dollars (USD), MRV fee payments must be made using local Australian currency. You can pay your fee at a designated Australia Post Office or you can pay online by credit card. More information about payment options is here. To find an Australia Post Office, click here.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Online Payments-If your online payment with the credit card fails, DO NOT ATTEMPT to use the same credit card again for 24 hours. You will not be able to use the same credit card to make an online payment until lapse of 24 hours from the time you had last used/attempted to use the same credit card online, to pay for a U.S. visa processing fee on this website.

Restrictions

Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable

IMPORTANT NOTICE: MRV Fee Validity Extension – until September 30, 2022

You will receive a receipt after paying the application fee. This receipt is valid for one (1) year from the date of payment and allows you to schedule your interview at the U.S. Consulate. You must schedule your interview while the receipt is valid, which means your interview must be booked within one (1) 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.

Forms of Payment at the Consulates General

Although fees are listed in U.S. and Australian dollars, please refer to the below chart for acceptable forms of payment and currency.

Form of Payment Currency Notes
Cash Australian
  • We do not accept US Dollars
  • We do not accept cash in the mail.
Money Orders
Bank Checks
Cashier Checks
Australian
  • Do not calculate your own exchange rate. Do not round the amount up or down.
  • Check ALL information is correct before sending to our office, incorrect spelling or amounts will be rejected.
  • We do not accept US Dollar checks, Personal or Company checks.
  • Checks must be payable to “U.S. Consulate General” or “Department of State” NO variations.
  • Alterations, incorrect or multiple checks cannot be processed.
  • Only method of payment via mail.
Credit Card
EFTPOS – Not Accepted
US
  • Processed in U.S. dollars ONLY. The amount charged to your credit card will reflect the bank’s exchange rate and, possibly, a transaction fee.
  • In person only - we are unable to accept credit card details via post/phone.
  • We accept - Visa/Debit, Mastercard/Debit, American Express. The back of the card MUST be signed. You MUST be the card holder, we will check your ID.

Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts

The Application fees apply to one (1) visa application.

If a visa is issued, there may be an additional visa issuance reciprocity fee, depending on your nationality. The Department of State's website can help you find out if you must pay a visa issuance reciprocity fee and what the fee amount is. The reciprocity fee can only be paid at a U.S. Consulate.

Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Fee Class
Fee Amount (USD) Fee Amount (AUD) Visa Type Description
$160 $208 B Business/Tourist
$160 $208 C-1 Transit
$160 $208 C-1/D Crew in Transit
$160 $208 D Ship/Airline Crew
$160 $208 F Student (academic)
$160 $208 I Journalist and Media
$160 $208 J Exchange Visitors
$160 $208 M Student (vocational)
$160 $208 T Victim of Human Trafficking
$160 $208 TN/TD NAFTA Professionals
$160 $208 U Victim of Criminal Activity
$190 $247.00 CW Transitional Worker CNMI
$190 $247.00 H Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees
$190 $247.00 L Intracompany Transferees
$190 $247.00 O Persons with Extraordinary Ability
$190 $247.00 P Athletes. Artists & Entertainers
$190 $247.00 Q International Cultural Exchange
$190 $247.00 R Religious Worker
$265 $344.50 K Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen
$205 $266.50 E Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty, Long-Term Investor CNMI
Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts - Sorted by Visa Type
Visa Type Description Fee Amount (USD) Fee Amount (AUD)
B Business/Tourist $160 $208.00
C-1 Transit $160 $208.00
C-1/D Crew in Transit $160 $208.00
CW Transitional Worker CNMI $190 $247.00
D Ship/Airline Crew $160 $208.00
E Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty, Long-Term Investor CNMI $205 $266.50
F Student (academic) $160 $208.00
H Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees $190 $247.00
I Journalist and Media $160 $208.00
J Exchange Visitor $160 $208.00
K Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen $265 $344.50
L Intracompany Transferees $190 $247.00
M Student (vocational) $160 $208.00
O Persons with Extraordinary Ability $190 $247.00
P Athletes. Artists & Entertainers $190 $247.00
Q International Cultural Exchange $190 $247.00
R Religious Worker $190 $247.00
T Victim of Human Trafficking $160 $208.00
U Victim of Criminal Activity $160 $208.00
TN/TD NAFTA Professionals $160 $208.00

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 (programs beginning with G-1, G-2, G-3, G-7).
  • Replacement of a machine-readable visa when the original visa was not properly affixed or 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
  • 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

Blanket L Fee (Fraud Prevention and Detention Fee)

 

More Information

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