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How to Pay for Visa Fees in Hanoi, Vietnam

For those of you planning to apply for a student visa in Hanoi, we have obtained the information below to give you some pointers on how to pay for the fees associated with the visa application.
By GPA Admin

How to Pay for Visa Fees in Hanoi, Vietnam

Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fee

Although fees are listed in U.S. dollars, payment must be made using local currency. You can pay your fee at any Vietnam Post . More information about payment options is here.

Before going to the payment location, you must print and carry the applicable U.S. visa fee collection slip available after logging into your profile.

DO NOT PRINT MULTIPLE COPIES OF THE DEPOSIT SLIP. If you are applying for multiple visas for your family or group, only ONE payment is required. Only ONE CGI Deposit Slip is required. Take the printed deposit slip with you to pay your fee. Be sure that you pay the exact amount indicated on the deposit slip. After receiving your payment, the HSBC or Vietnam Post cashier will give you a receipt.

Save your receipt with the CGI Reference number. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your CGI Reference number.

Your visa application fee is non-refundable and you cannot transfer it to another person. Under the new schedule of fees, applicants for most nonimmigrant visas, including those applying for tourist, short-term business/conference, crew/transit, media and student/exchange - B-1/B-2, C1/D, F/M/J and I visa applicants), will pay a fee of $160.

Upon payment of the application fee, Citibank will provide a two-part receipt to the applicant. Both parts must be presented at the Embassy at the time of the interview. Each applicant including children must pay the fee and have a separate fee receipt. The application fee is a one-time, non-refundable fee; if you wish to transfer the fee, please contact Citibank directly.

SEVIS Fee (Additional Fee For All F, J and M Visa Visitors)

The SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) I-901 fee is mandated by Congress to support the automated system that keeps track of students and exchange visitors to ensure that they maintain their lawful status in the United States. Each student or exchange scholar issued an initial Form I-20 or DS-2019 on or after September 1, 2004, is responsible for paying this fee before applying for a visa. Also, the visa officer must be able to verify that the relevant electronic record exists in the SEVIS database before an F-, J-, or M-class visa can be issued. SEVIS forms and electronic verification are also required for family member visas, i.e., F-2, M-2 or J-2 visas. Persons sponsored by the United States Government are exempt from payment of the SEVIS fee if their program code begins with G-1, G-2, G-3 or G-7. Most continuing students and exchange visitors will also not be required to pay the SEVIS fee.

The SEVIS fee is $200 for students (F/M) and $180 for exchange visitors (J1). Applicants should bring their SEVIS fee receipt to their visa interview. For instructions on how to pay the SEVIS fee, click here.

For general information regarding the SEVIS fee, please refer to the SEVIS website.

Please note: Any applicant appearing for his or her interview who has not paid the SEVIS fee will not be permitted to interview and will be asked to return to the Embassy at a later time with proof that the fee has been paid. Besides, the SEVIS fee must be paid at least three business days prior to the visa interview date if paying electronically. If submitting payment through regular mail, the SEVIS fee must be paid at least 15 business days prior to the scheduled visa interview. (This time frame allows adequate time for the fee payment to be received at the DHS address listed on the Form I-901, deposited, and recorded in SEVIS.)

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