Visa Application Fee

The Department is required by law to recover the cost of processing nonimmigrant visas through the collection of the visa application fee (MRV). Certain categories of nonimmigrant visas are more complicated and require more in-depth consideration than most other categories of nonimmigrant visas. Therefore, those categories of nonimmigrant visas have higher unit costs. The MRV processing fee is paid by all visa applicants, worldwide, with certain limited exceptions (for example, those pertaining to government officials). It must be paid in advance, whether or not the visa is granted. The MRV processing fee is non-refundable and not transferable to another applicant.

The visa application fee must be paid before scheduling your appointment. The fee can be paid by credit card online or via telephone through the Call Center. Applicants may also pay through a bank boleto at any bank in the boleto network. Please be sure to have your receipt for the visa application fee when you appear for the appointment at the Applicant Service Center (ASC).  Please note that no agency, retailer, or despachante (expediter) claiming to aid in the payment of Consular fees is actually sanctioned to do so by the U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Brazil.

The visa application fee is charged as following:

US$160 for the following categories:

  • B1, business
  • B2, tourism
  • C, transit
  • D, crew
  • F, academic student
  • J, exchange
  • I, media representatives
  • M, vocational student

US$190 for the following categories:

  • H, for trainees and temporary work
  • L, for transfers within a company
  • O, for foreign nationals with extraordinary skills
  • P, for athletes, artists and other entertainment professionals
  • Q, for international cultural exchange programs
  • R, for religious professionals

US$205 for the following category:

  • E, Treaty Trader/Investor

US$240 for the following category:

  • K, visa for the fiancés of US citizens

The person making the request must know exactly what type of visa to request as there will be no reimbursement. To determine which type of visa is appropriate for your travel, please check the Visa Types page.

Besides the visa application fee, certain types of visas may require payment of a reciprocity fee. The reciprocal issuance fee is an additional charge paid by visa applicants from certain countries in certain categories and is based on similar fees U.S. citizens are charged for visas to visit those countries. The reciprocity fee is charged only if the visa is granted. Please click here to access the list of visa fees, based on visa type.