Please note that the date for MRV fee increase has been changed to June 17, 2023. Services for making new visa fee payments will be suspended on June 16, 2023. Do not attempt to make a visa fee payment on June 16, 2023. The services will become available for visa fee payments on June 17, 2023. Additionally, there could be a delay in updating visa fee information mentioned on this site.

The U.S. Department of State has increased certain nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application processing fees. These fee increases are effective June 17, 2023.

  • The application fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s), and other non-petition based NIVs, such as student and exchange visitor visas, has increased from $160 to $185.
  • The application fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) has increased from $190 to $205.
  • The application fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicant in a specialty occupation (E category) has increased from $205 to $315.

Effective May 1, 2023, the premium delivery charges have been revised to NPR. 600- per passport/document for all U.S. Visa applicants, payable in cash on the NIMB Cash counter of the Premium Delivery locations. Please refer to our website for additional details.

Your interview date can be scheduled within 365 days from the start of your program shown on the form I-20. However, if your visa is approved, you cannot enter the United States more than 30 days in advance of the date shown on the form I-20. Your initial entry to the United States must be to attend the same school annotated on your visa. The immigration inspector at the port of entry (POE) can refuse admission for a student seeking an initial entry with a Form I-20 from a school other than the one named on the visa or if the student indicates an intention to attend a different institution.

All nonimmigrant visa application fee (also known as the MRV fee) payments made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for payment of the MRV fee. Applicants must schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application during this 365-day period. Please note applicants must only schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period. There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period. All receipts for payment of MRV fees issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date.

Applicants at Nepal can now pay the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee through electronic funds transfer (EFT) payment option using connectIPS e-Payment System. Although fees are listed in U.S. dollars, payment must be made using local currency (NPR). No debit/credit cards will be accepted in order to pay the MRV fee. For more information, please visit this link.

The United States Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal has expanded visa services. A limited number of immigrant visa appointments are being scheduled, including those for immediate relatives and fiancés of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), returning residents, and others as capacity allows. Nonimmigrant visa applications are being processed as follows: F, M, and J categories, petition-based work visas, C1/D appointments for air and sea crewmembers, limited B1/B2 appointments, certain visa categories that can be issued or renewed without an interview, diplomatic and official visas, and other nonimmigrant visas in emergency situations or as capacity allows. While the United States Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, increased wait times for completing such services are likely due to substantial backlogs. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased until September 30, 2023. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at to request an emergency appointment. Please note that we are not accepting or considering F-1 expedite requests at this time.

The Consular Exchange Rate is periodically revised based on the prevailing conversion rate. Before submitting your payment, please verify that the visa fee on your deposit slip matches the current consular exchange rate listed on the visa fee page.