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Visa FeesOn this page:
- Payment Information
- Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts
- Visa Types and Conditions with No Fee Required
- Other Fees
- More Information
Visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable visa application fee, sometimes referred to as the MRV fee, before applying for a nonimmigrant visa. Applicants may schedule interviews in Moscow, Yekaterinburg (Consular Services Suspended) or Vladivostok (Consular Services Suspended), through there may not be appointment availability for all visa categories in all locations. Russian applicants may apply for nonimmigrant visas at any U.S. embassy or consulate worldwide. To submit a routine nonimmigrant visa application at a consular section outside of Russia, please find your preferred interview location at either www.ustraveldocs.com or ais.usvisa-info.com. Please note that nonimmigrant Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fees (also known as visa application fees) are non-refundable and non-transferable to another person or for use in another country. However, the MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.
The visa application fee must be paid whether a visa is issued or not. The type of visa for which you apply determines the fee amount. 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 webpage lists all of the visa fees associated with each nonimmigrant visa type. Please check to make sure you are aware of the appropriate fees required for your visa type before making a payment.
Although fees are listed in U.S. dollars, payment must be made using local currency. You can pay your fee in cash at computerized Russia Post branches. More information about payment options is here. To find a computerized Russia Post branch, click here.
Please note that if you select a Russia Post branch that is not computerized, you could experience long delays for the receipt to upload into our system.
Your visa application fee is non-refundable and you cannot transfer it to another person. You will receive a receipt after paying the application fee. This receipt is valid for one year from the date of payment and allows you to schedule your interview at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. You must schedule your interview while the receipt is valid, which means your interview must be booked within one 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.
Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts
The application fees are shown below and apply to one visa application. The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is $160. This includes tourist, business, student, and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious visas, are $190. K visas cost $265 and the fee amount for E visas is $205. The tables below are a more comprehensive list of visa types and fee amounts. Following the tables is a short list of nonimmigrant visas which do not require payment of an application fee.
|Visa Type||Description||Fee Amount (USD)||Fee Amount (RUB)|
|E||Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty||$205||N/A|
|H||Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees||$190||N/A|
|I||Journalist and Media||$160||N/A|
|K||Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen||$265||N/A|
|O||Persons with Extraordinary Ability||$190||N/A|
|P||Athletes. Artists & Entertainers||$190||N/A|
|Q||International Cultural Exchange||$190||N/A|
|T||Victim of Human Trafficking||$160||N/A|
|U||Victim of Criminal Activity||$160||N/A|
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
- 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
- Applicants traveling to provide certain charitable services
- 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 emergency treatment and convalescence
In some cases, additional visa fees are paid directly to the National Visa Center, to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate, 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). For nationals of other countries, the Department of State's website 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$350.00 SEVIS fee. Most exchange visitors with Form DS-2019 pay a US$220.00 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, or G-7) are not required to pay the SEVIS fee.
Blanket L Fee (Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee)
First-time principal applicants who are covered under a blanket petition for L status must pay a Fraud Prevention and Detection fee of US $500. This fee should be paid to the cashier at the Consular Section on the day of the interview. If a subsequent L-1 visa application is based on a new Form I-129S, the Fraud Prevention and Detection fee must be collected again.
Note: The U.S. petitioner pays the Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee for individual L, H-1B, and H-2B petitions when the petition is filed with USCIS.
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