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Consular Fees

Visa Fees

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
  • This current Consular exchange rate is US$1.00 = AU$1.40. Valid as of August 29, 2015.  

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

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)
MRV fee
amount (AUD)
B-1/B-2 (Business/Tourism) $160 $224
C1 (Transit) $160 $224
D (Crew - Airline/Ship) $160 $224
E1/E2 (Treaty trader/Investor) $205 $287
E3/E3D (Specialty work visa for Australians) $205 $287
F1/F2 (Academic students) $160 $224
H1B/H2A/H2B/H3/H4 (Temporary Employment) $190 $266
I (Media) $160 $224
J1/J2 (Exchange visitors) $160 $224
K1 (Fiancé(e) visa) $265 $371
L1/L2 (Intra-company transferee) $190 $266
M1/M2 (Vocational student) $160 $224
O1/O2/O3 (Person of extraordinary ability) $190 $266
P1/P2/P3/P4 (Performance visa) $190 $266
Q1 (Cultural exchange visitors) $190 $266
R1/R2 (Religious workers) $190 $266



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.

Apply by Mail

If you meet the criteria to mail in your application and choose to use this method instead of attending the interview at the Consulate, you should include the required issuance fees with your application.

  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) $35.00
Combined Crew Member Visa (C-1/D)
C-1/D No fee
Treaty Trader/Investor: E-1/E-2 $147.00
Specialty Occupation: E-3 No fee
Academic Student (F-visa)
F-1/F-2 $147.00
Temporary Workers and Trainees (H-visa)
H-1B/H-1C/H-2A/H-2B/H-2R/H-3/H-4 $147.00
Journalist and Media Visa (I-visa)
I $147.00
Exchange Visitor Visa (J-visa)
J-1/J-2 $147.00
Intra-company Transferee (L-visa)
L-1 $147.00
Blanket L-1 (All nationalities) $700.00
L-2 $147.00
Vocational Visa (M-visa)
M-1/M-2 $147.00
Extraordinary Ability (O-visa)
O-1/O-2/O-3 $147.00
Athletes, Artists and Entertainers (P-visa)
P-1/P-2/P-3/P-4 $147.00
International Cultural Exchange (Q-visa)
Q-1 $147.00
Religious Workers (R-visa)
R-1/R-2 $147.00

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 


Australian Currency. The Consulates General do 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.


Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visa application fees for certain visa categories changed on August 29, 2015. 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.