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The Immigrant Visa Process

National Visa Center (NVC) Fee Payment - Frequently Asked Questions

General

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Can the AOS or IV Application Processing Fee be paid at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate instead of submitting fees to the NVC?

No, fees must be paid to the NVC using the online Immigrant Visa Invoice Payment Center. If you are unable to pay online, you must submit a cashier's check or money order to the NVC's St. Louis address.

Can fees be paid through a bank abroad?

No, all payments must be made in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank.

Can fees be paid over the phone?

No, the NVC cannot accept fee payments over the phone.

Can fees be paid with personal check or credit card?

No, the National Visa Center cannot accept personal checks or credit card payments.

Affidavit of Support (AOS) Fee

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Is there only one AOS fee per case or does every applicant on the case need to pay one?

There is only one AOS fee charged per case.

Can the AOS fee bill be paid by the applicant?

Yes, the petitioner can forward the Affidavit of Support Fee Bill Invoice to the applicant for payment.

Can the AOS and IV fee be paid together (on one bill)?

Yes, the AOS and IV fees can all be paid online. Payers who are unable to pay online line must submit cashier's checks or money order to the NVC's St. Louis address. The payer may submit multiple checks or a single check for the total amount of all fees due. The check(s) MUST be accompanied by all associated Fee Bill Invoices.

I paid the AOS fee for one case; do I have to pay the same fee for my other cases?

You must pay the Affidavit of Support fee for each case unless you are a U.S. citizen with petitions for your spouse and/or child(ren)  concurrently in process at the NVC. Note: payment by cashier's check or money order must include all fee bills in one return envelope with one check on top.

Who has to pay the AOS fee?

The following categories of immigrants are required to pay the AOS fee:

  • Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (spouses, unmarried children under age 21, and parents of U.S. citizens age 21and older)
  • Family-based preference immigrants (unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, spouses and unmarried sons and daughters of permanent resident aliens, married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens age 21 and older)

For additional information about the Affidavit of Support, see our website.

Immigrant Visa (IV) Fee

Who has to pay the Immigrant Visa (IV) Application Processing Fee?

Each applicant intending to immigrate to the United States must pay the IV fee.

Online Payment

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Will I need a user account and password?

You will need the following information from the fee letter that you received from the NVC:

  • Case Number
  • Invoice Identification Number

You will also need your bank's routing number and your checking (or savings) account number. For checking accounts this information is available at the bottom of one of your checks. Additional guidance on locating this information will be available when you pay online as well as below.

What is an "ACH" payment?

ACH stands for "Automated Clearing House" and refers to an electronic debit from a checking or savings account, commonly known as a direct debit.

How quickly is my ACH (online check) payment processed?

ACH payments are generally processed within two or three business days from the initiation of the payment.

How do I find the routing number and check number for my checking account?

The routing number always is nine digits and begins with a 0, 1, 2, or 3. On a check, this number always is bracketed by this special symbol: check symbol

On a check, the checking account number generally is accompanied by this special symbol: check symbol

The image below shows the routing number, account number, and check number on a check. The order of these numbers may differ on your check and may include some special symbols different from those shown.
check symbol

Ignore special symbols within a number when entering the number.

If you cannot determine the routing or account numbers, review a bank statement or contact your financial institution.

How do I find my Invoice Identification Number?

Your Invoice Identification Number is located at the top of the Fee Bill Invoice sent to you by the NVC.  

How will the transaction appear on my bank statement?

Affidavit of Support Fee payments will appear as NVC AOS FEE. Immigrant Visa Fee payments will appear as NVC IV FEE. If you are not sure what a particular payment is, contact your financial institution. They can help identify the payment history.

What payment systems are used?

All online AOS and IV payments are processed by the Department of Treasury through the Immigrant Visa Invoice Payment Center.

Is making an online payment secure?

Yes, the Department of State uses 128-bit SSL encryption to protect your transaction information while you are logged into the Immigrant Visa Invoice Payment Center. No routing or account number information is stored on the Department of State’s servers.

I'm not comfortable with making payments online; can I mail my payment?

If you wish to make a payment by mail, please refer the Alternative Payment Method Instructions.

My Internet connection failed in the middle of my transaction, what do I do?

If the problem occurred before you entered your payment information, you can close your browser, log back in, and try again.

If you submitted your payment information and then experienced a problem, contact the National Visa Center before trying again.

Will I get an online receipt or confirmation e-mail when I make my payment online, so that I know the payment was successfully completed?

The Department of State will not automatically send you notification that your payment was successfully completed; however, you can print or e-mail a receipt when you make a payment online.

Can I save forms and submit them later?

No, the Immigrant Visa Invoice Payment Center does not allow you to save forms and submit them later.

Who's Involved

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

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