The Immigrant Visa Process
Important Notice - New Application Fees: 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.
Fees that will decrease 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 will increase (nonimmigrant fees only): Visa fees paid will be accepted 90 days after the new fees go into effect, as follows:
- If you paid your visa fee before September 12, 2014, and your visa interview is on or before December 11, 2014, you do not have to pay the difference between the new and old fee amounts.
- 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.
Review Fees for Visa Services to learn more.
Fee payments to the National Visa Center (NVC) are made through the Consular Electronic Application Center's Immigrant Visa Invoice Payment Center.
When Paying Online:
- You will need the following information from the fee letter that you received from the NVC:
- Case Number
- Invoice Identification Number (located at the top of the Fee Bill Invoice)
- your bank's routing number
- your checking (or savings) account number
Note: If you pay from your checking account and need guidance on locating your account and bank routing numbers, see the online Fee Payment FAQs.
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 our 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.
Questions about Online Payment?
If you still have questions, see the NVC Fee Payment FAQs for more information.
Note: If it is the applicant's intention to adjust status with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), please contact the National Visa Center before taking further action or making any payment.