Fees for USA Non-Immigrant Visas

To get a Non-Immigrant Visa to the United States of America, you have to pay visa fees. Everyone applying for a visa has o pay these fees except for very few visa types. In some countries, some applicants also have to pay and additional issuance fee once the visa is issued.

Application Fee (Machine Readable Visa “MRV” Fee)

The fees below apply for non-immigrant visa applications. Each applicant, including children and all dependents are required to pay a NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE visa application fee. This fee will be paid and will not be refunded, irrespective of whether you are issued a visa or not.

Visa Type Fee in USD
All non-petition based applications, including, but not limited to;


–          Business and/or Tourist – B1/B2

–          Transit – C-1

–          Ship/Airline Crew – D

–          Journalism & Media – I

–          Student – F, M

–          Exchange Visitor – J

–          Victim of Human Trafficking – T

–          NAFTA Professionals – TN/TD

–          Victim of Criminal Activity — U







All petition-based applications


–          Temporary Workers – H, L, O, P, Q, R



Additional fee for certain H-1B, L-1A, L-1B applicants


Applicants for H-1B, L-1A, L-1B visas need to pay an additional $2,250 if the petitioner has more than 50 employees in the USA and has more than 50% of those employees in H-1B or L (including L-1A, L-1B and L-2) status. This applies to both first-time and renewal cases.





Fiancé or Fiancée – K Visa


Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty – E Visa


Payable at the Consulate

L1 (Not L2) Blanket Visa Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee $500
Biometric Entry-Exit fee for certain H-1B, L-1A, L-1B

Payable at the Consulate

Blanket L-1 applications for petitions with more than 50 employees in the USA and with more than 50% of those employees in H-1B or L Status. This applies to both first-time and renewal cases.




F1 and M1 Sevis Fee (F2 and M2 Exempt)





J1 Sevis Fee (J2 Exempt)





Diplomat Passport Holders, applicants for A, Gm C-2, C-3, NATO and US Government-sponsored J visa $0 (No fee)
Border Crossing Cards (Age 15 and older) $160
Border Crossing Cards (Under age 15) $17

The current fees have a two-tiered fee structure for non-immigrant visas. You may have noticed that petition-based applications have a high fee structure. This is because they require a lot more processing than non-petition based applications. The total fee covers the cost of accepting, adjudicating and issuing visas from visa applications.

THESE RATES WERE UPDATED LAST ON THE 21/01/2020 14:22 GMT. We will always update if changes are made but for a live rate check please visit HERE


In some countries a Visa issuance fee is charged. This fee is based on the reciprocity and differs by the nationality of the applicant. This fee (not the application fee) is refundable if the visa is refused. You need to have a means of paying the fee with you when you go for your visa interview.

Please click HERE for a list of countries where visa issuance fees are charged and the rates

If you need further advice or assistance processing your USA Visa fees please contact our Finance team

Email: Finance@lugoldedc.com

Phone & Whatsapp: +234-816-36-0000-2

Need help with your USA Visa application? Refer to our guide HERE

You can also book an appointment with one of our Professional Visa Advisers


Why Choose Lu Gold EDC?


Lu Gold provides a very swift and efficient service in terms of documentation and completing the application. And most importantly in terms of getting your visa on time. I would highly recommend their services.

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