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The Immigrant Visa Process

Alternate Payment Method - by Mail

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.

If You Cannot Pay Online You Must Pay by Cashier’s Check or Money Order

  1. You need the Fee Bill(s) sent to you by the NVC with the applicant's case number and bar code.
    Note
    : If you have lost your fee bill, please contact the NVC. Do Not send payment without the fee bill.
  2. Make the cashier's check or money order payable to the Department of State.
  3. Mail the payment and Fee Bill(s) to the NVC.
    • Affidavit of Support (AOS) fee payments must be mailed to the following address:

      National Visa Center
      PO Box 790135
      St. Louis, MO 63179-0135

    • Immigrant Visa (IV) Application fee payments must be mailed to the following address:

      National Visa Center
      PO Box 790136
      St. Louis, MO 63179-0136

    • AOS and IV fees may be paid with one check for the total dollar amount of both fees. All payments must include the corresponding Fee Bills mailed to the following address:

      National Visa Center
      PO Box 790136
      St. Louis, MO 63179-0136

  4. To avoid delaying your visa you must:
    • Write the applicant's case number in the memo line of the check.
    • Use only the addresses given above for fee payments.
    • Send only payments and fee bills to the St. Louis, MO address.
    • Send only documents to the Portsmouth, NH address, only when they are requested.
    • Not send personal or attorney/firm check(s).
    • Use the U.S. Postal Service if you choose to overnight the payment. Only the U.S. Postal Service can deliver overnight packages to post office boxes.
    • Remember to put the correct postage on the envelope.
  5. After the check/money order has been cashed, the NVC will send you instructions for completing the next step in the immigrant visa process.

Important Notice

If the applicant plans to adjust status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), please contact the National Visa Center before taking action or making any payment.

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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