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Fees for USA visa. Depending on the type of USA visa you are applying for, the USA visa fee may be different.See the following table to see how much is the US visa for applicable US visa. Following is the fee structure for non-immigrant US visas. All fees are non-refundable. US Dollar exchange rate 1 USD = 54 INR as of Nov, 29, 2011

US Visa Type Fees (USD) Fee (INR)
All non-petition based USA visa applicants: Visitor Visa (B2 visa), Business Visa (B1), 
Student Visa (F1 visa), F2, J1, J2 M1, M2
$140 Rs 7,560
All petition based applicants (H, L, O, P, Q and R ) and dependent visas $150 Rs 8100
K visa $350 Rs 18,900

The fee is payable in cash or by DD/HDFC Bank check favoring "HDFC Bank a/c US Embassy". The fee must be paid at one of the authorized HDFC Bank branches in India.

Note: US consulate determines the visa fee in Indian Rupees. The exact fee equivalent in Indian Rupees (INR) is subject to change depending on currency exchange rates. As of Nov, 29, 2011, the exchange rate is $1 USD = 54.00 INR.

Additional Fees for H and L Visa categories.

Effective November 20, 2010, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India will begin collecting an additional fee of $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions that fall under the provisions of Public Law 111-230. These additional fees apply to petitioners with more than 50 employees in the United States and with more than 50 percent of those employees in H-1B or L (including L-1A, L-1B, and L-2) status. This fee is in addition to the $500 Fraud Detection and Prevention fee and the MRV fee and applies in both first-time and renewal cases (unless further information indicates otherwise).

These conditions are Employer related. If your employer is subject to make such fee, Your Visa sponsoring Employer should be providing you this information. Most companies with more than 50 H1B visa employees do fall under this criteria.

Service Fee:

Service Fee (non-refundable) Fee Amount
VFS service charge INR 359 Rs (including service tax)
HDFC Bank charges INR 21 Rs (including service tax )
Total Service Fee Rs 380.
This fee is payable in cash or by DD/HDFC Bank cheque favoring“HDFC Bank a/c VFS”. Must be paid at certain branches at HDFC bank . Should be paid along with visa application fee.

Both US visa fee and service fee must be paid at the same time. Payment can be made in Cash or Bank draft. IF paying by back draft make sure that the bank draft is from a non-coprative Indian bank. And both Visa fee and Service fee draft should be made separate for the specific amount shown above.

Where and how to make the fee payment ?

Depending on your country the payment process and mode of payment may vary. In India the US visa fee must be paid at approved branches for US visa fee HDFC bank only. Fee can be paid in Cash or Bank draft. DDs issued by cooperative banks are not accepted.

  • HDFC Banks fee receipt can be used to make an appointment within 1 year( 365s days) from date of issue. The receipt is deemed as utilized once the interview has taken place, and cannot be used to make a subsequent appointment. For any clarifications you may write to HDFC Bank Ltd. at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • You are required to submit a clear photocopy of the first page (bio data) of your current passport to the bank when making your payment. The bank will issue you a visa fee receipt in duplicate which will have a 10 digit barcode number affixed on it. You require this barcode number to schedule your interview appointment. Please note, you are required to wait for one working day from the date of purchase of your visa fee receipt before you can use it for scheduling your interview appointment.
  • If you are an Indian citizen resident in the U.S., to obtain a Visa Fee Receipt from HDFC Bank, please send a copy of your passport’s bio data page to the person in India assisting you. That person will have to submit the bio data page fax to HDFC Bank in order to get a fee receipt issued.
  • After you have paid the application fee, please keep the HDFC Bank fee receipt for your records to carry for submission at the Embassy / Consulate, on the day of your interview. You will be required to submit the Embassy copy (blue or green copy as applicable).If you are applying for an interview at the Mumbai Consulate; you will be required to submit the original Embassy copy along with your application pack to the VFS Application center.
  • Once you pay the , VFS computer systems gets the details about the payment.The fee receipt gets activated in VFS systems 2 working days from date of issue. Do not attempt to take an appointment till then.

    Sample of HDFC Fee receipt

    Non-immigrant visa issuance fee, including border-crossing cards.[ Not Required for Indian Citizens]
  • For citizens other then India please check the Visa Reciprocity Tables to find out the visa issuance fee amount, if applicable: Varies (Reciprocal)

USA Visa application fee is non-refundable: Since the US visa is subject to approval, after the visa interview. If your visa is refused, the visa application fee is not refundable. If you want to re-apply you can do so, but must follow the process and resubmit the new application and visa fee.