NVC Payment Options

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Overview

If you have a USCIS approved immigrant visa petition, you could expect to receive a welcome letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) through email or mail soon. Maybe you have already received one. To understand about the NVC fee payment for your immigrant visa you need to know what is NVC and how it works?

The National Visa Center (NVC) received approved immigration petition from USCIS, to process. The visa petition is retained until a consular officer abroad or in the U.S. consulate is ready to adjudicate them. Now in order to process the case NVC requires Application Processing Fees, which is elaborated here on this webpage under the topic NVC fees.

The waiting time for each case is different. There are many reasons because of that visa petition get delayed and thus it effects its processing. To know the reasons for delays in visa processing at NVC check our web page “welcome letter not received yet” or you can directly call or email us at info@f4india.com , if you believe that your visa petition processing has not been started yet , means delayed.

What is the NVC Fee?

The NVC fee is paid for the processing of your application. After receiving NVC welcome letter the first step is to pay this NVC application processing. How to pay fee is mentionedin the welcome letter, but if you still have confusion then contact us to assist you.

You need to pay two fees: one is for applicant and another for Petitioner.

  • Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee, this is to process you visa application.

  • Affidavit of Support Fee, this facilitate the processing of the Affidavit of Support required in your application.

To pay the fees, one has to login to the CEAC (Consular Electronic Application Center) website. Both the fees are not paid at the same time. Youhave to pay them separately. Fees can be paid only by a person who has a U.S. based bank account. It takes three to four business days for the payments to register on your case. Once the fee has been paid and registered you will be able to proceed to the next step in your immigration efforts. The next procedure is to fill DS 260, which is a very important part and should be filled very carefully. Usuallywe advise every applicant to get complete assistance of an experienced attorney in order to fill Ds 260. As any mistake on this form can bring unnecessary hassles to your case like costly delays or even denials. You will not be able to access to a DS-260 form until the NVC has noted your payment. Always keep your payment receipts in a safe place. You may need it in the future as a reference or proof of your payments.

If you have some more questions in regard to the NVC Fee payment, like given below then contact us, as team of F4 India has helped thousands of Applicants with NVC processing, which includes paying fees, filing DS 260, gathering valid supporting and financial documents, preparation for US consulate interview etc.

  • Can fees be paid at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate?

  • Can fees be paid from a bank outside of the U.S.?

  • Can fees be paid via the phone?

  • Can someone else pay fees on my behalf?

  • What do I do if CEAC does not allow me to pay fees online?

  • I paid the fees but the status isn’t showing as “Paid.” Do I need to repay?

  • How long does NVC take to process the fees?

  • How long does it take for NVC to send case to embassy?

  • How do I pay my DS 260 fee?

  • What is the next step after paying my DS 260 fee?

  • Does NVC fees expire?

  • What is the Immigrant Visa Fee?

  • Can I submit my DS-260 before I pay fee?

  • Can the Affidavit of Support (AOS) Fee or IV Application Processing Fee be paid at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate instead of submitting fees to the NVC?

  • Can fees be paid through a bank abroad?

  • Can fees be paid with personal check or credit card?

  • What do I do if CEAC does not allow me to pay fees online?

Affidavit of Support (AOS) Fee

  • Is there only one AOS fee per case or does every applicant on the case need to pay one?

  • Is there only one AOS fee per case or does every applicant on the case need to pay one?

  • Can the AOS fee bill be paid by the applicant?

  • Can the AOS fee bill be paid be the applicant?

  • Can the AOS and IV fee be paid together (on one bill)?

  • I paid the AOS fee for one case; do I have to pay the same fee for my other cases?

  • Who has to pay the AOS fee?

  • Is there a fee to review the Affidavit of Support at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad?

Immigrant Visa (IV) Fee

  • Who has to pay the Immigrant Visa (IV) Application Processing Fee?

Online Payment

  • Will I need a user account and password?

  • How will the transaction appear on my bank statement?

  • What payment systems are used?

  • Is making an online payment secure?

  • My internet connection failed in the middle of my transaction, what do I do?

  • I paid the fees but the status isn’t showing as “Paid.” Do I need to repay?

  • Will I get an online receipt or confirmation e-mail when I make my payment online, so that I know the payment was successfully completed?

Can the AOS (Affidavit of Support ) Fee or IV Application Processing Fee be paid at the U.S. Consulate/Embassy instead of submitting fees to the National VisaCenter?

No, fees must be paid to National Visa Center using the online using CEAC. Do NOT attempt to make payments by mail. If you cannot pay online, please send a screenshot to National Visa Center by using the Public Inquiry Form for assistance.

Can I pay my fees through a bank abroad?

No, all fee must be made though U.S. banks and in U.S Dollars.

Can i Pay my fee with my credit card or personal check?

No, National Visa Center do not accept credit card or personal checks payments.

What if CEAC does not allow me to pay online?

Please take a screenshot and send it to National Visa Center(NVC) by using the Public Inquiry Form for assistance. Do not make so many attempts to make payments.

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Is there only single AOS fee per case or does each applicant on the case has to pay the fee ?

There is only one AOS fee charged per case.

Can my brother pay the AOS fee bill ?

Yes, If your brother has the login information , he can log into CEAC and pay the AOS fee.

Can the AOS and IV fee be paid together with the same bill ?

Yes, You can pay AOS and IV fees online. However, the online payment system will require you to pay them separately, so there will be two transactions from your bank account.

I have paid the AOS fee for one case, do I have to pay the same fee for my other cases?

You must have to pay the AOS(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 National Visa Center at the same time.

Who has to pay the Affidavit of Support (AOS) fee?

The following categories of immigrants are required to pay the Affidavit of Support 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)

Is there a fee to review the Affidavit of Support at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad?

No, fee is not charged when the Form I-130 petition and subsequent Affidavit of Support form is filed outside the U.S.

Who has to pay the Immigrant Visa (IV) Application Processing Fee?

Every intending applicant to immigrate to the U.S has to pay the IV fee.

Do I need a user account and password?

You need the information from the Welcome letter that you received from National Visa Center:

  • Case Number

  • Invoice Identification Number

You need the U.S 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.

How will the transaction appear on my bank statement?

Affidavit of Support Fee payments will appear as National Visa Center AOS Fee. Immigrant Visa Fee payments will appear as National Visa Center IV FEE. If you are not sure what a particular payment is, contact your financial institution. They can help identify the payment history.

What payment systems can be used?

All online AOS and IV payments are processed by the Department of Treasury through the Immigrant Visa Invoice Payment Center.

Online payment at CEAC are secure?

Yes, Department of State use 128-bit SSL encryption to protect your transaction information while you are logged into the Immigrant Visa Invoice Payment Center. No Account number or Routing number information is stored on the Department of State’s servers.

My internet got disconnected while i was in the middle of my transaction, Do i need to worry ?

Well , you need not to worry .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.

I have paid fees but the status is not showing as “Paid.” Do I need to pay again?

If you have submitted your bank account information, there will be a delay while the bank processes your payment request. It takes 2-3 business days. During that period, your status will show as “In Process.” Once your bank confirms the payment, your status will automatically change to “Paid.” You will then be able to open and complete the Form DS-260 Immigrant Visa Application.

Will I get confirmation e-mail or an online receipt when I make my payment online, so that I know the payment was successfully completed?

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.