The Immigrant Visa Process
- After Your Petition is Approved
- Check Priority Date
- Begin National Visa Center (NVC) Processing
- Choose an Agent
- Pay Fees
- Collect and Submit Forms and Documents to the NVC
- Submit Visa Application Form
- Collect Financial Documents
- Collect Supporting Documents
- Submit Documents to the NVC
Pay Processing Fees
Important Notice - New Application Fees: Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application fees for certain visa categories changed 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.
Fees that decreased are not refundable. If you paid a visa fee before September 12, 2014 and that fee decreased, we cannot give you a refund.
Fees that increased (nonimmigrant fees only): If you paid your visa fee before September 12, 2014, and your visa interview is on or after December 12, 2014, you will be required to pay the difference between the old and new fee amounts – no exceptions.
The National Visa Center (NVC) collects immigrant visa application forms, Affidavit of Support forms, and ensures all fees have been paid prior to the immigrant visa interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside the U.S. Review our fee payment FAQs.
At the appropriate time, the NVC will send the following fee invoices:
- Affidavit of Support fee invoice - will be sent to the petitioner; and
- Immigrant Visa Processing fee invoice - will be sent to the applicant or the applicant's designated agent.
If an attorney is representing the applicant, the NVC will send both invoices to the attorney.
Both fees must be paid by one of these two options:
Do not send any payments directly to the NVC.
If you plan to apply for a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver you must submit proof of payment of your IV application fee with your provisional waiver Form I-601A application to USCIS. After you pay the IV application fee online, you can print your payment confirmation from the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). Visit the webpage, Provisional Waiver–NVC FAQs for more information. A Spanish translation is available here. USCIS will notify the NVC that you have applied for a provisional unlawful presence waiver.
Next Steps - After Fee Payment
After you have paid the required Affidavit of Support fee, petitioners should follow the detailed instructions in Establish Financial Support.
Then, after you have paid the required Immigrant Visa Processing fee, follow the detailed instructions in Submit Visa Application and Supporting Documents.
Additional Information: Adjustment of Status in the United States
Important Notice: If you are physically present in the United States and will be eligible to apply for adjustment of status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) while in the United States, then you should not pay any fees to the NVC. Instead, you should contact the NVC and USCIS to notify them of your intent to adjust status.
U.S. Embassies and Consulates: Find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, nearest your residence abroad, where you will apply and be interviewed for your U.S. visa.
National Visa Center: After petition approval, the National Visa Center (NVC) handles processing for certain kinds of documents, sending them onward to U.S. Embassies & Consulates. When and how to Contact NVC
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): USCIS oversees immigration to the United States and approves (or denies) immigrant petitions, and more. Learn about USCIS.