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Consular Fees

Consular Fees

American Citizen Services Fees

For information regarding ACS fees, please visit:

Immigrant Visa Fees

For information regarding immigrant visa fees, please visit:

Non-Immigrant Visa Fees

  • There are a range of fees depending on the type of application and visa. All fees may be subject to change without notice and are non-refundable.
  • U.S. consular fees worldwide are established in U.S. dollars (USD). For some common services we have listed the Australian dollar (AUD) equivalent. For a complete list of U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visa fees please refer to
  • The Consulates General do not, under any circumstances, accept cash sent through the mail.


Application Fee (also known as the Machine Readable Visa Fee)

The application fee can be paid online or at Australia Post in advance of the non-immigrant visa interview. For payment instructions, please visit

Please note, the application fee amounts changed as of April 13, 2012. Please check this website regularly for updates.

Second MRV Fee Payment Process

Some applicants may require two different U.S. visas at the same time. For example, if you plan to study in the United States and then travel for an extended period after your program ends, you may need an F, M or J student visa AND a B1/B2 tourist visa, which requires the payment of a second application fee (called “MRV” fees).  However, if you are applying for a C1/D crew visa and also require a B1/B2 tourist visa, you do not need to pay the second application fee.  For additional information on whether you need a second visa, and if you need to pay a second fee, please see our FAQ page.

Applicants may only pay one application fee through their profile on, so the second fee must be paid in person at a participating Australia Post outlet. To pay the second application fee you must download a deposit slip here, then pay the fee at one of the eligible locations.  Please bring both payment receipts to your visa interview. 

Visa TypeMRV fee
amount (USD)
B-1/B-2 (Business/Tourism) $160
C1 (Transit) $160
D (Crew - Airline/Ship) $160
E1/E2 (Treaty trader/Investor) $270
E3/E3D (Specialty work visa for Australians) $270
F1/F2 (Academic students) $160
H1B/H2A/H2B/H3/H4 (Temporary Employment) $190
I (Media) $160
J1/J2 (Exchange visitors) $160
K1 (Fiancé(e) visa) $240
L1/L2 (Intra-company transferee) $190
M1/M2 (Vocational student) $160
O1/O2/O3 (Person of extraordinary ability) $190
P1/P2/P3/P4 (Performance visa) $190
Q1 (Cultural exchange visitors) $190
R1/R2 (Religious workers) $190


Current Exchange Rate:


  • $160USD = $176.00AUD
  • $190USD = $209.00AUD
  • $240USD = $264.00AUD
  • $270USD = $297.00AUD

 This Consular exchange rate of 1USD:1.1AUD is valid as of July 2, 2013.

Issuance Fees

Issuance fees vary by citizenship country and type of visa, and are paid in addition to the application fee. Fees for Australian citizens are listed in the table below. For a complete list of fees for countries other than Australia, please see this page.

Issuance fees are paid after the interview at the Consulate only if the visa is approved, and are paid to the Consulate cashier. Payment methods are listed at the bottom of the page.

  Current Fees for Australian Citizens (AUD)
Temporary visitors for Business/Tourism (B-1/B-2)
B-1/B-2 (12 Month) No issuance fee
B-1/B-2 (60 Month) $27.50
Combined Crew Member Visa (C-1/D)
C-1/D No fee
Treaty Trader/Investor: E-1/E-2 $115.50
Specialty Occupation: E-3 No fee
Academic Student (F-visa)
F-1/F-2 $115.50
Temporary Workers and Trainees (H-visa)
H-1B/H-1C/H-2A/H-2B/H-2R/H-3/H-4 $115.50
Journalist and Media Visa (I-visa)
I $115.50
Exchange Visitor Visa (J-visa)
J-1/J-2 $115.50
Intra-company Transferee (L-visa)
L-1 $115.50
Blanket L-1 (All nationalities) $550
L-2 $115.50
Vocational Visa (M-visa)
M-1/M-2 $115.50
Extraordinary Ability (O-visa)
O-1/O-2/O-3 $115.50
Athletes, Artists and Entertainers (P-visa)
P-1/P-2/P-3/P-4 $115.50
International Cultural Exchange (Q-visa)
Q-1 $115.50
Religious Workers (R-visa)
R-1/R-2 $115.50

SEVIS fees for student and exchange visitors

What is SEVIS and SEVP? What should you know about it?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program is designed to help the Department of Homeland Security and State Department better monitor student and exchange visitors. The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) maintains accurate and current information on nonimmigrant students (F and M visa), exchange visitors (J visa), and their dependents (F-2, M-2, and J-2). SEVIS enables schools and program sponsors to transmit mandatory information and event notifications to the Department of Homeland Security and State Department during the visitor's stay in the United States.

Who pays the fee?

Those who wish to enter the United States either as a student or as an exchange visitor must complete Form I-20 or DS-2019, depending on the nature of the visit, and pay the fee.

How much is the fee?

F-1, F-3, M-1, or M-3 visa class $200
Exchange visitors
For exchange visitors (J-1) except those listed separately below $180
Federally sponsored exchange visitor program (program codes start with G-1, G-2, or G-3) None
Summer work/travel program $35
Au Pair program $35
Camp counselor program $35

When do prospective students or exchange visitors pay the SEVIS fee?

Applicants who require a visa to enter the United States must pay the SEVIS fee before going to the U.S. embassy or consulate for their visa interviews.

How is the fee paid?

Through the Internet at the Student and Exchange Visitor Program website by using a credit card and completing the online Form I-901.

Accepted forms of payment for visa issuance fees in Australia:

Cash Accepted Accepted Accepted
Bank Check Accepted Accepted Accepted
Postal Money Order Accepted Accepted Accepted
Credit Cards Accepted Accepted Accepted
EFTPOS Not accepted Not accepted Not accepted

This does not apply to the nonimmigrant visa application fee to be paid at Australia Post Offices. The application fee can only be paid via cash or EFTPOS.

Forms of payment allowed for all fees beyond application fee 


Either Australian or U.S. Currency. The Consulates General in Sydney and Melbourne accept U.S. currency in the exact amount and in notes only. Change is not available for U.S. currency.  The Consulate General in Perth does not accept cash payment in U.S. currency.  Cash payments sent via mail will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Postal Money Orders & Bank Checks

The Consulates General in Sydney and Melbourne accept money orders in Australian dollars and bank checks in either Australian or U.S. currency, payable to “U.S. Consulate General.” The Consulate in Perth does not accept postal money orders or bank checks in U.S. currency. Any bank check must specify in which currency it is payable.

Australia Post offers postal money orders in Australian dollars only. Please refer to the Australia Post website for further information regarding money orders. Payments made or received in Australian dollars are subject to the current official exchange rate which is subject to change without notice.

Personal or company checks will not be accepted.

Please note that the Consulates cannot accept U.S. dollar bank checks from the National Australia Bank (NAB), Suncorp or Deutsche Bank. Please note that our inability to accept U.S. dollar checks from these institutions is due exclusively to processing delays and no other reason. 

Credit Card

Credit Card payments are accepted at all consulates general.


EFTPOS is not available.


Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application fees for certain visa categories will change on September 12, 2014. All visa applicants must pay the fee amounts in effect on the day they pay, with the exception of Immigrant Visa application processing fees paid domestically to the National Visa Center (NVC), which will be effective as of the date of billing.  For more information please click here.