Affidavit of Support (AOS) Fee
Immigrant Visa (IV) Fee
No, fees must be paid to NVC using the online using CEAC. Do NOT attempt to make payments by mail. If you cannot pay online, please send a screenshot to NVC by using the Public Inquiry Form for assistance.
No, all payments must be made in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank.
No, NVC cannot accept personal checks or credit card payments.
Please send a screenshot to NVC by using the Public Inquiry Form for assistance. Do NOT attempt to make payments by mail.
There is only one AOS fee charged per case.
Yes, anyone with the login information can log into CEAC and pay the AOS fee.
Yes, the AOS and IV fees can both be paid online. However, the online payment system will require you to pay them separately, so there will be two transactions from your bank account.
You must pay the Affidavit of Support fee for each case unless you are petitioning for your spouse and/or child(ren) and submit your Affidavit of Support for each case to the NVC at the same time.
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 21 and 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)
If you are not required to submit an Affidavit of Support form, you do not need to pay an AOS fee. For a list of scenarios that do not need to submit an Affidavit of Support form and do not need to pay an AOS fee, please visit https://nvc.state.gov/aos. The most common exemptions are for applicants with 40 quarters of creditable employment under the SSA and for applicants who will immediately gain U.S. citizenship upon entry to the U.S. under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.
Note: Failure to pay an AOS fee when required will delay your case.
No, when the Form I-130 petition and subsequent Affidavit of Support (AOS) form is filed outside the United States, a fee is not charged.
Each applicant intending to immigrate to the United States must pay the IV fee.
You will need the following information from the fee letter that you received from 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.
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.
All online AOS and IV payments are processed by the Department of Treasury through the Immigrant Visa Invoice Payment Center.
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.
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 by using the Public Inquiry Form.
Once you submit your bank account information, there will be a delay while the bank processes your payment request. This typically takes two to three business days. During that time, your status will show as “In Process.” Once the bank confirms your payment, your status will change to “Paid.” You will then be able to open and complete the Form DS-260 Immigrant Visa Application.
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 in CEAC once you make your payment.