Effective April 13, the fees for most non-immigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards will increase, while all immigrant visa processing fees will decrease, the U.S. State Department said.
The Department said in a statement that it is adjusting visa processing fees as it is required to recover the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees. The current fees no longer cover the actual cost of processing non-immigrant visas. The non-immigrant visa fee increase will support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand, according to the Department.
Although most categories of non-immigrant visa processing fees will increase, the fee for E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) and K visas (for fiancées of U.S. citizens) will decrease.
for Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student, Exchange Visitor, and Journalist visas will increase from $140 to $160.
Fees for Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) will go up from $150 to $190. Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E) will cost less, down from $390 to $270. For Fiancée visa (K), applicants will need to pay only $240 instead of the current rate of $350.
Border Crossing Cards (age 15 and older) fees has been hiked from $140 to $160, and Border Crossing Cards (under age 15) fees increased to $15.
Because of a reallocation of costs associated with immigrant visas, all categories of immigrant visa processing fees will decrease.
The revised processing fees for various types of immigrant visa are as follows: Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications $230, Employment-Based Applications $405, Other Immigrant Visa Applications $220, Diversity Visa Program Fee $330, Determining Returning Resident Status $275.
The proposed fees were published in the Federal Register, and the State Department will consider the public comments before publishing final rule.
by RTT Staff Writer
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