A US visa is official permission for non-US citizens to travel to the United States of America for tourism, employment, business, study or to join a family member or friend. Visa holders can enter, travel and stay within the US for a short or indefinite period of time or settle permanently. Applicants need to fill a visa application form, submit the required documents and pay the visa application fee to book an appointment with the US Embassy in India. US visa application fees, documentation and interview questions vary depending on the type of US visa you are applying for.
US visa application fees in Indian Rupees 2021
As per the US immigration laws, all visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a visa application fee to obtain a visa for the US. The US visa application fee must be paid by all applicants whether they get a visa or not. The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee amount varies based on the type of visa you apply for, for example US tourist visa fees vary from the fee payable for an H1B visa.
The following table lists visa application fees associated with each nonimmigrant visa type.
|Visa type||Description||Fee amount (in USD)||Fee amount (in INR)|
|B||Business/ Tourist||$160||Rs. 12160.00|
|D||Ship/ Airline Crew||$160||Rs. 12160.00|
|E||Treaty Trade/ Investor, Australian Professional Speciality||$205||Rs. 15580.00|
|F||Student (academic)||$160||Rs. 12160.00|
|H||Temporary/ Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees||$190||Rs. 14440.00|
|I||Journalist and Media||$160||Rs. 12160.00|
|J||Exchange Visitor||$160||Rs. 12160.00|
|K||Fiance(e) or Spouse of US Citizen||$265||Rs. 20140.00|
|L||Intracompany Transferees||$190||Rs. 14440.00|
|M||Student (vocational)||$160||Rs. 121600.00|
|O||Persons with Extraordinary Ability||$190||Rs. 14440.00|
|P||Athletes, Artists & Entertainers||$190||Rs. 14440.00|
|Q||International Cultural Exchange||$190||Rs. 14440.00|
|R||Religious Worker||$190||Rs. 14440.00|
|TN/TD||NAFTA* Professionals||$160||Rs. 12160.00|
Please note: The fee is applicable to nonimmigrant visas only
*NAFTA stands for North American Free Trade Agreement
|Current consular exchange rate||INR 76.00 = 1 USD|
|Current rate valid through||30/05/2021|
Visa types with no fee required
The following travelers don’t need to pay US visa application fees to visit the United States of America:
- Individuals applying for A, C-2, C-3, G visa categories, NATO, and diplomatic visas.
- J visa holders and individuals who are participating in certain US Government-sponsored cultural and educational programs.
- Machine-readable visa to be replaced within one year of visa issuance because the original visa was not properly affixed or the visa needs to be reissued through no fault of the applicant.
- Members or staff of an observer mission to United Nations Headquarter recognized by the UN General Assembly, and their immediate family members don’t have to pay US visa application fees under the international agreements.
- Individuals traveling to the US to provide certain charitable services.
- US Government employees on official visits.
- A family member (spouse, a parent, sibling or child) of a US Government employee killed or critically injured in the line of duty, who is traveling the US for final rites or urgent treatment of the employee.
Certain visa applicants may have to pay additional fees for obtaining a nonimmigrant US visa as under:
|Nonimmigrant visa issuance fee||Based on reciprocity|
|SEVIS fee||– Applicant with Form I-20: $350|
– Applicant with Form DS-2019: $220
|Blanket L fee||– Fraud prevention and detection: $500- Biometric entry-exit: $4,500|
|Border crossing card fee||$160|
- Nonimmigrant visa issuance fees: Applicants from certain countries are required to pay a visa issuance fee after their application is approved. The fee is based on ‘reciprocity’ i.e. it is applicable in the same manner as another country charges a US citizen for a similar type of visa. The fees are charged only for the citizens of a country that imposes these fees on US citizens for certain types of visas.
- SEVIS fees: The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) tracks F, M and J visa holders from the date they receive initial documents until the visa holders graduate/ leave the course. In addition to the US visa application fees, you will need to pay separate SEVIS fees. For students with Form I-20, SEVIS fee will be $350; for exchange visitors with Form DS-2019, the fee will be $220.
- Blanket L fee: Individuals applying for Blanket L visa will have to pay additional fees as under:
- Fraud prevention and detection fee of $500
- Biometric entry-exit fee of $4,500
- Border crossing card fee: $160
US visa application fee payment options
You can pay the US visa application fees using any of the following methods:
- National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT)
- Payment by mobile phone
- Payment at Axis Bank/ Citibank
National Electronic Funds Transfer
Visa applicants can use the NEFT payment system to pay their nonimmigrant MRV (Machine-Readable Visa) fees. They can directly transfer the fee from their account. NEFT payment is possible through a bank branch or online banking.
Note: Make sure you delete the account details from the payee list once the visa payment is successful to avoid any kind of fraud in the future.
Payment by mobile phone
You can also make MRV fee payments via your mobile phone using the IMPS system. You must be registered with your bank and have a valid MPIN to pay the visa fee. Payment of visa fee should be in Indian Rupee (INR) and must be the exact same amount as listed on the payment confirmation screen. You need to enter correct details including beneficiary name, MMID number and correct amount. Once the payment has been accepted, you will receive an SMS including the 12-digit IMPS reference number.
Payment at Axis Bank/ Citibank
You can pay US tourist visa fees or other US visa fees in cash at any of the designated Axis Bank or Citibank branches. Print and carry the applicable US visa fee collection slip you will get after logging into your profile to the bank. Once the payment is completed, the bank will give you a receipt. Value of the payment will be shown in USD, though the payment is payable in Indian Rupees at the current Consular Exchange rate.
Types of nonimmigrant US visa
Visa types vary based on the intended visit of a visa applicant to the US, for example an H1B visa is issued for individuals working in a specialty occupation and a B2 visa is a US tourist visa. Here are the types of nonimmigrant US visa:
|Nonimmigrant US Visa type||Purpose|
|A visa||Foreign government servants and diplomats|
|A1/ G-1/ NATO 1-6 visa||Visa renewal for A, G and NATO categories|
|A2/ NATO 1-6 visa||Foreign military officers posted in the US|
|B1 visa||– Amateur and professional athletes|
– Business visitors
– Nannies or domestic servants
|B2 visa||– Visitors for medical treatment|
– Visitors for pleasure, vacation
|C visa||Transit in the US|
|D visa||Crew members serving on aircrafts/ sea vessels|
|E1 visa||Treaty traders|
|E2 visa||Treaty investors|
|E3 visa||Australian workers- professionals and specialty workers|
|F1 visa||Language and academic students|
|F2 visa||Dependents of F-1 visa holders|
|G1-G5/ NATO visa||Employees of designated international organization and NATO|
|H1B visa||People working in specialty occupations that require highly specialized knowledge|
|H1B/ J1 visa||Physicians|
|H1B1 visa||Free Trade Agreement (FTA) professionals of Chile and Singapore|
|H1C visa||For nurses to visit the areas with a shortage of healthcare staff|
|H2A visa||Temporary agricultural workers|
|H2B visa||Temporary non-agricultural workers|
|H3 visa||Non-employment training programs|
|H4 visa||Dependents of H visa holders|
|I visa||Media, journalists or their representative|
|J visa||Exchange visitors|
|J1 visa||– Exchange visitors |
– Exchange visitors
– Professors, scholars and teachers
|J2 visa||Spouse and children aged below 21 of J-1 visa holder|
|L visa||Intra company transferees|
|M1 visa||Students – vocational|
|M2 visa||Dependents of M-1 visa holders|
|O1 visa||Foreign citizens with extraordinary skills in the field of art, science, business, athletics, etc.|
|P visa||Athletes, entertainers and artists|
|R visa||Religious workers|
|T1 visa||Human trafficking victims|
|TN/TD visa||NAFTA professional workers- Canada, Mexico|
|U1 visa||Criminal activity victims|
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