US Department of State

The US Department of State has recently released important information directly affecting individuals who paid for Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) fees before October 1, 2022. These specific MRV fee receipts will expire on September 30, 2023. Applicants must be aware of this crucial deadline to avoid incurring extra costs.

Key Points to Note:

  1. No Extension for Fee Validity: No extensions will be provided for the validity of these fees.
  2. Appointments Must be Scheduled: All applicants must ensure they schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application before the September 30, 2023 deadline. This is essential to avoid the requirement of paying a new application fee.
  3. Interview Scheduling Flexibility: Although the fee receipt has a fixed expiration date, it’s worth noting that the interview itself does not necessarily need to occur before the deadline. What’s required is that the interview appointment is booked in the system. This means applicants can schedule their interviews for dates months into the future if the booking occurs before the expiration date.
  4. Caution for Changing Appointments: Any applicant who paid the MRV fees before the cut-off date of October 1, 2022, should exercise extreme caution when considering changing their scheduled interview appointment dates, especially on or after October 1, 2023. Making such changes will lead to the unfortunate forfeiture of the initially scheduled appointment slot and the MRV fee receipt. This would necessitate the applicant to pay a fresh fee and resubmit a new application package.


Staying informed about the latest updates, especially regarding visa application fees, is essential to ensure a smooth immigration process. If you or anyone you know has paid the MRV fee before the highlighted date, it’s crucial to take action promptly to avoid any unexpected challenges or additional costs.

At Richards and Jurusik, we remain committed to providing up-to-date immigration news and advice. Should you have any concerns or questions regarding this recent update or any other immigration-related matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us for guidance.

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