Is it not an unfair practice by the US Embassy in New Delhi not to refund the visa fee if visa is denied?

My son, Sumit Kapoor, had been working & living in New Jersey, USA since 2001, on H-1B visa. He came to India in Jan 2011 alongwith his wife & 2 years old son. He applied for Visa stamping and appeared for interview on three occasions on 19 Jan 2011, 10 June 2011 & 10 Feb 2012. He paid visa fee for himself along with the Visa fee for his wife, Jaishree Kapoor (Spouse visa). All the three times visa was denied to him. His wife's case was supposed to be considered only after Sumit's visa approval. His wife's case was neither taken up nor processed. This seems to be unjustified that her visa fee was forfeited by the US Embassy all the three times. This pinches us very much.


R M Kapoor (Ph: +919818160428; e.mail:

5 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    It is NOT a visa fee, it is a visa application fee.

    When the application is denied, there are never any refunds.

    Fred Wahl


  • 8 years ago

    There is a fee to apply, and it must be paid to submit the application. It is not the fee for the visa itself, just for accepting & processing the application, regardless of result.

    Why apply a second & third time after being denied? Was there a dramatic change in circumstances which rendered the reason for denial moot? Apparently not. If you get denied, expect another denial if you reapply without curing the problem! You don't keep doing the same thing expecting a different result!

    [BTW, to keep doing the same thing expecting a different result is the definition of insanity!]

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    its the same for every country and every visa ...

    perhaps he should not have applied after the 1st denial

    but we dont know why

    its a visa application fee

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Not its not visa fees is never refundable

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