Visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable visa application fee, sometimes referred to as the MRV fee, before applying for a nonimmigrant visa. The visa application fee must be paid whether a visa is issued or not. The type of visa for which you apply determines the fee amount. Information on visa application fees associated with each nonimmigrant visa type can be found at travel.state.gov.
Please note that only the application fees for nonimmigrant visas are listed here. Information about other visa fees that are paid directly to the National Visa Center, to the U.S. Embassy, to the U.S. Consulate General, or to the Department of Homeland Security, can be found at travel.state.gov.
Nonimmigrant visa applicants without a GTBank account must pay their visa application fee in cash at any GTBank branch. At the bank, you must write your fee payment amount and your telephone number on the U.S. visa fee collection slip available at the bank. After processing payment, the bank will generate a receipt. PLEASE NOTE – THE INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OF THE APPLICANT FOR WHOM THE RECEIPT IS INTENDED IS REQUIRED WHEN MAKING VISA FEE PAYMENT AT ANY GTBank LOCATION.
If you have an account with GTBank you may choose to pay your visa application fee online using GTBank’s online bill pay service.
Note: It is important that you correctly type your payment code (also called a UID) into the online payment form when you pay your fee online. The payment code is created after you create your online profile at the beginning of the online payment process. This code verifies your payment and allows you to schedule your visa interview.
Please keep the GTBank fee receipt for your records.
You can schedule your interview within a few hours of paying your visa application fee.
Whether you schedule your appointment online or contact our call center, you will need the payment code printed on your receipt. This is the UID given to you at GTBank, or when you created your online profile. You also need to have your passport number to schedule your visa interview.
You can schedule your interview after 3:00 p.m. on the first banking day following the date the visa application fee was paid online with GTBank.
Whether you schedule your appointment online or contact our call center, you will need the payment code printed on your receipt. (This is the UID given to you at GTBank, or when you created your online profile.) You also need to have your passport number to schedule your visa interview.
Your visa application fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable. It cannot be transferred to another person.
The visa application fee is valid for one year from the date of payment.
The application fees are shown below and apply to one visa application. The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is $185. This includes tourist, business, student and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious visas, are $190. K visas cost $265 and the fee amount for E visas is $205. Please note that visa fees for K applicants must be made at GT Bank. The tables below are a more comprehensive list of visa types and fee amounts. Following the tables is a short list of nonimmigrant visas which do not require payment of an application fee.
Visa Types and Conditions with No Fee Required
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an Internet-based system that tracks F, M and J visa participants (and their family members) from the time they receive their initial documentation (either an I-20 or a DS-2019) until they graduate/leave school or conclude/leave program.
F, M and J visa principal applicants: Check with your U.S. school to make sure your information has been entered into SEVIS. You will need to pay a separate SEVIS fee in addition to the visa application fee. For nonimmigrant students with Form I-20, the SEVIS fee is US$350. For most exchange visitors with Form DS-2019, the SEVIS fee is US$220. Instructions for paying the SEVIS fee can be found SEVIS Fee Processing Website.
Applicants participating in a U.S. Government sponsored program (programs whose codes begin with G-1, G-2, G-3, G-7) are not required to pay the SEVIS fee.
First-time principal applicants who are covered under a blanket petition for L status must pay a Fraud Prevention and Detection fee of US $500. This fee should be paid in cash to the cashier at the Consular Section on the day of the interview. If a subsequent L-1 visa application is based on a new Form I-129S, the Fraud Prevention and Detection fee must be collected again.
If you have any questions regarding the consular currency exchange rate, please visit the application portal, create a profile, answer five short questions so that we can determine the correct amount you must pay.
The Immigrant Visa Unit is interviewing immigrant visa applicants in all visa categories. While the appointment availability remains restricted by public health conditions, the Immigrant Visa Unit is currently scheduling visa appointments while prioritizing the following:
Applicants covered under one of the categories mentioned above are responsible for monitoring the email addresses they have provided to NVC and/or the Immigrant Visa Unit for updates and scheduling purposes. Applicants who fail to attend their scheduled interview should expect extended delays before an interview can be rescheduled.
NOTE: Immigrant visa applicants seeking an emergency appointment can submit a request as follows:
Visit this link for more information about Immigrant Visa operations at the Consulate General in Lagos.
The Embassy and Consulate General continue to prioritize travelers with urgent travel needs, although regular visa appointments are made available as local conditions allow.
In response to pandemic-related service disruptions, the Department of State announced the extension of Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee validity until September 30, 2023, for individuals who paid an MRV fee but were unable to schedule and/or attend an interview during the suspension of services.
If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng or +234-1-227-8955 to request an emergency appointment.
To contact a customer service representative, or to make a specific inquiry on a visa case already in progress, please visit the Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
Monday through Thursday from 07:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and
Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Answers to most questions can be found here: Lagos Visa Navigator
Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
U.S. Consulate General Lagos Office
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos
Tel.: +234 1 227 8955
You are not allowed to enter the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General while carrying any of the following items:
This list is not exhaustive. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff.
There is no facility at the Embassy/Consulate general to store prohibited items. You must make arrangements to store these items before you enter the Embassy/Consulate General.
Due to security considerations, there is no information window for walk-in visitors at the Embassy or the Consulate General. Only visa applicants with scheduled interviews will be admitted into the Embassy/Consulate General. There is no location for non-applicants to wait at the Embassy/Consulate General.
If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:
If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.
The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.