An H4 visa is available to depends of H1B visa holders. Spouses and unmarried children of H1B visa holders can apply for an H4 visa, which will allow them to accompany the H1B visa holder to the United States to live lawfully during the authorized stay of the H1B visa holder. Additionally, H4 visa holders are eligible to study during their stay in the United States and apply for an EAD, or Employment Authorization Document, to work in the U.S.
When applying for an H4 visa, there are fees involved with the process. After determining if you are eligible and gathering all required documents, you will fill out your online DS-160 application and pay your visa fee.
As of July 19, 2023, the fee for an H4 visa is $205. This fee is paid during your application process and must be paid before scheduling your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Where and How to Pay H4 Visa Fee
The non-immigrant fee for your H4 visa application can be paid using the following methods:
- National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT)
- Mobile Payments – IMPS
- Cash – Over the Counter at DRUK Bank, AXIS Bank, or Citibank
When submitting your application via the USTravelDocs website, select one of the following options for your payment method.
Bank Electronic Payment via NEFT
Most banks in India support NEFT, or National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT). You may pay your US visa fee using NEFT. This can be through your local bank or online/mobile through your bank account. Be sure to check if your bank charges any fees for this service.
If you select NEFT as your payment method, after logging into your profile and while on the payment confirmation screen, you will receive a unique account number to which you will send the NEFT payment. You can only make one payment per unique account number as the payment is non-refundable.
Mobile Payments IMPS
Applicants can also pay their visa fee through their mobile phone using the IMPS system. However, the applicants must be preregistered with their bank to complete payment via their mobile phone and also have a valid MPIN. Check with your bank for any applicable fee associated with MPIN service.
IMPS payments can be initiated by either sending a text to the bank or via mobile banking application. In order to avoid a delay in scheduling appointments for both interview and fingerprinting, make sure to enter the exact amount as listed on the payment confirmation screen in Indian rupees, and ensure that it is the correct Beneficiary Mobile Number and Beneficiary MMID number.
Once the payment has been verified, you will receive a text message with a 12-digit IMPS reference number. You will need to enter this IMPS number in order to schedule your visa appointment online.
Cash Payment at CitiBank, AXIS Bank, or DRUK Bank
Your US visa fee can also be paid at any Citibank, AXIS Bank, or DRUK Bank branch in India.
NoteBefore going to the bank to pay your visa fee, you must obtain/print a US visa fee collection slip online from your application profile on the USTravelDocs website.
Take the completed fee collection slip to the bank when you pay your fee. After receiving your payment, the bank will give you a receipt. The receipt number will be required to set up your visa interview online. Applicants are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointments. Please plan accordingly so that you are not required to pay another visa application fee. Visa application fees are non-refundable.
You can schedule your interview within the next business day after paying your fee via bank.
- Your H4 visa application fee is non-refundable (whether approved or denied) and cannot be transferred.
- You will receive a receipt after paying the visa application fee.
- This receipt is valid for one year from the date of payment and allows you to schedule your interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
- You must schedule your interview while the receipt is valid, which means your interview must be booked within one year of paying your fee. If you do not schedule an interview within a year of payment, your receipt will expire.
Get more fee details on the USTravelDocs website.