Bank and Payment Options/Pay My Visa Fee

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Overview

In most cases, each visa applicant, including children, is required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable Machine Readable Visa (MRV) application fee, whether a visa is issued or not. The visa application fee is determined by the type of visa for which you wish to apply.

Remember, the MRV fee is non-refundable. Please confirm whether or not you need to apply for a visa. You may not need to apply for a new U.S. visa if you already hold a valid U.S. visa or are a national of a Visa Waiver Program participating country.

Certain individuals may not need a visa, or may be exempt from the fee, for example:

  • 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, you do not need to pay the MRV fee
  • 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 pay the fee, please follow the instructions below for paying your visa application fee. For more information about fee exemptions, please visit this page.

Remember: Visa application fees (MRV fees) are nonrefundable.

Fee Payment Options

Cash at Bank

You can pay your nonimmigrant visa application fee in cash at any computerized Russia Post branch in Russia. Before going to the bank, you must print and carry the applicable U.S. visa fee collection slip available on this web page. Take the completed fee collection slip to the bank when you pay your fee. Be sure that you pay the exact amount indicated on the deposit slip. After receiving your payment, the bank will give you a receipt. From the list below, please select the payment slip that matches your visa application fee. Values are shown in U.S. dollars. This page has more information about the different visa application fees. For any fee payment related issues please contact our call-center

Please follow below recommendations to access the deposit slips:

  • These deposit slips are not compatible with smartphones and tablets (both Android and iOS). You will need to use your laptop/desktop computer to generate a deposit slip.

  • Your computer should have the latest version of Adobe Reader (there is no fee to download or use Adobe Reader and you can download it from Adobe website) and Java (there is no fee to download or use Java and you can download it from Java website).

  • You need to stay connected to the internet when using the deposit slips. If you are using a corporate network that blocks Java, you will not be able to open the deposit slips and will need to use a different network.

  • If you are using a Mac OS (Apple computer), please note that deposit slips will not load correctly using the default Apple .pdf reader. The slips will load correctly on Apple computers if opened using Adobe Reader.

  • Make sure you are using the latest version of the browser.

  • If you are using Windows OS, we recommend opening the links with deposit slips in Internet Explorer. If you are using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, follow these steps:

    Step 1
    Click on the link. The browser will attempt to open it in a new tab.

    Step 2
    Download the file to your computer.
    Google Chrome users should click this icon to download the file:

    Mozilla Firefox users should click this icon to download the file:

    Step 3
    Open the deposit slip PDF file from your hard drive using Adobe Reader and follow the instructions to enter the details on the dialogue screen.

    Step 4
    Once you enter the data in all dialogue boxes you will see the following warning at the top of your Adobe Reader window:

    Click on options and choose Trust this document always

    Step 5
    Follow the instructions to enter the details on the dialogue screen. You will see the deposit slip with your details which you will need to print before visiting a computerized Russia Post branch. Please make sure to use it before or on the date indicated in “Срок оплаты” field.

Click here for additional instructions on how to successfully open and print the deposit slips.

Russia Post Payment Slips Credit Card

Any nonimmigrant visa applicant can pay their visa application fee by credit card. By clicking here to proceed with a credit card payment, the cardholder acknowledges that this is a non-refundable visa application processing fee. This is a payment required as a pre-requisite to the processing of an application, and the cardholder agrees explicitly that there is no refund possible regardless of the outcome of this application. The cardholder agrees that the payment of the application fee is only for processing of the application. The payment the amount to be charged to the card is intended to be in respect of non-refundable application processing fee by or on behalf of the applicant does not in itself indicate the existence of a contract with the applicant, nor does it guarantee a successful application.

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. From January 1st, 2013 all issuance (“reciprocity”) fees for Russian citizens are eliminated.

If you are a foreign national applying in Russia, please check this page to find out the reciprocity fee amounts applicable for you. Please note that issuance (reciprocity) fees cannot be paid in advance through Russia Post or credit card, but you can pay at the Embassy/Consulate General cashier on the day of your interview if you’re requested to do so by the Consular Officer. If your interview will take place in US Embassy in Moscow, please note that fees can be paid in cash or by credit card. If you are applying at one of the Consulates, fees should be paid in cash.

Scheduling Your Interview

Whether you schedule your appointment online or contact our call center, you will need the receipt number printed on your receipt. You can find the receipt number outlined in red below.

Fee Payment Receipt


If you schedule your appointment with a credit card, you will need the 16-digit receipt number printed on your receipt. You can find the receipt number outlined in red below.

Sample Receipt

    Cash at Bank

    You can schedule your interview one business day after paying your visa application fee.

    The table below shows the different fee payment processing times and when you can schedule your interview after paying your application fee. If you are facing any issues with your receipt number while scheduling your appointment, please contact our call-center for assistance.

    Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines - Cash at Bank (Computerized branches of Russia Post)
    Time of Payment Bank Receipt Purchase Date Interview Booking
    During business hours Russia Post Same day One business day after making payment
    Credit Card

    You can schedule your interview within three hours after paying your visa fee if paid during business hours or the next day if the fees are paid after business hours based on the schedule below.

    The table below shows the different fee payment processing times and when you can schedule your interview after paying your application fee online with a credit card.

    Visa Application Fee Payment Processing Timelines - Credit Card
    Time of Payment
    (Monday to Friday, not including holidays)
    Interview Booking
    00:01 to 09:00 After 12:00
    09:01 to 12:00 After 15:00
    12:01 to 15:00 After 18:00
    15:01 to 18:00 After 20:00
    18:01 to 00:00 After 12:00 the following business day

More Information

If you have any questions regarding the consular currency exchange rate, please click here, create a profile, answer five short questions so that we can determine the correct amount you must pay.