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In some cases, additional visa fees are paid directly to the National Visa Center, to the U.S. Embassy, or to the Department of Homeland Security,

Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance ("Reciprocity") Fees

Applicants from certain countries may be required to pay a visa issuance fee after their application is approved. These fees are based on "reciprocity" (what another country charges a U.S. citizen for a similar-type of visa). The United States strives to eliminate visa issuance fees whenever possible, however, when a foreign government imposes these fees on U.S. citizens for certain types of visas, the United States will impose a "reciprocal" fee on citizens of that country for similar types of visas. The Department of State's website has more information about visa issuance fees and can help you determine if an issuance fee applies to your nationality.


The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an Internet-based system that tracks F, M and J visa participants (and their family members) from the time they receive their initial documentation (either an I-20 or a DS-2019) until they graduate/leave school or conclude/leave program.

If you are the principal applicant for an F, M or J visa you should check with your U.S. school to make sure your information has been entered into SEVIS. You will need to pay a separate SEVIS fee in addition to the visa application fee. Nonimmigrant students with Form I-20 pay a US$200.00 SEVIS fee. Most exchange visitors with Form DS-2019 pay a US$180.00 SEVIS fee. Proof of payment is required before your student or exchange visitor visa will be issued and payment cannot be made at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. Instructions for paying the SEVIS fee can be found here.

SEVIS Fee Exception
Applicants participating in a U.S. Government sponsored program (programs whose codes begin with G-1, G-2, G-3, G-7) are not required to pay the SEVIS fee.

Fraud Prevention and Detection Fees (Blanket L-1)

The principal applicant of a blanket L petition must pay a Fraud Prevention and Detection fee, which is either US$500.00, US$2,000.00, or US$2,250.00 depending on the size of the company.

Note: The U.S. petitioner pays this Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee for individual L, H-1B and H-2B petitions when the petition is filed with USCIS.