Step 4 — How to pay for your visa
To apply for your U.S. visa you must pay an application fee in advance*. As of June 4, 2010, the amount of this fee varies with the type of visa. This application fee is non-refundable. The fees are set in U.S. dollars but you must pay the euro equivalent. In case you have paid an insufficient fee you can pay for the difference at the Consulate General with your pin card. In case you have paid a higher fee than necessary for your visa, the Consulate regretfully has no means to provide a refund. Please check the visa type and fee schedule below very carefully.
Though most visa applicants are successful in getting their visa, having paid the application fee does not guarantee issuance of a visa. The fee is for the application and cannot be returned if the visa cannot be issued, not even when you withdraw your application.
- Non-petition-based nonimmigrant visa:
(B, C, D, F, I, J and M category visas)
Fee to be paid in € 120
- H, L, O, P, Q and R catergory nonimmigrant visa: $190 Fee to be paid in € 143
- E category nonimmigrant visa: $270 Fee to be paid in € 203
- K category nonimmigrant visa $240 Fee to be paid in € 180
(*A, G and NATO visa applications do not require this fee and do not require an appointment. More...)
How to pay for your nonimmigrant visa application fee:
- PIN Card - You may pay the application fee at the Consulate General with your Dutch PIN-card (debit card) prior to your visa interview. Regretfully the Consulate General cannot refund the difference if you accidentally paid more through another means.
Reciprocity fees. Please read carefully!
Some countries charge U.S. citizens an issuance fee for visas. In return the United States Government charges citizens of these countries a similar fee for their U.S. visas. This is indeed an issuance fee and is charged only when the Consular officer has found you eligible to receive a visa. These so called reciprocity fees, are Consular fees and can NOT be paid by PIN Card(debit card). They are to be paid with the consular cashier in dollars, the equivalent in euro or by credit card (Master, Visa, Diners Club, Discover and American Express).
To see whether your nationality is subject to such a reciprocity issuance fee, click here.
Official dollar-euro Exchange rate
The official dollar-euro exchange rate as of October 9, 2013, is $1 = €0,75. This means that for instance the visa application fee of $160 must be paid as €120. For other application fees see the payment instructions on the left. Note that the fee is to be paid in euro only! All fees are rounded up to whole Euros!
The exchange rate the Consulate uses, is centrally determined for all euro countries at the American Embassy in Paris.