Update On Non-immigrant visa fee increase

 


The Department of State is dedicated to facilitating lawful travel to the United States for both individuals seeking to immigrate and nonimmigrant travelers.

Recently, the Department of State issued a Final Rule concerning increases in specific processing fees for nonimmigrant visa applications (NIV) and the Border Crossing Card (BCC) for Mexican citizens aged 15 and above. The effective date of the fee increase has been postponed from May 30 to June 17, 2023. On June 17, the fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s and BCCs), as well as other non-petition based NIVs like student and exchange visitor visas, will rise from $160 to $185. The fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will increase from $190 to $205. Additionally, the fee for treaty traders, treaty investors, and treaty applicants in a specialty occupation (E category) will increase from $205 to $315.



The determination of NIV fees is based on the actual cost of providing NIV services, which is calculated through a study of the expenses associated with these services. The Department employs an Activity-Based Costing (ABC) methodology to annually evaluate the cost of delivering consular services, including visa services. The fees for most non-petition based NIVs were last revised in 2012, while certain other NIV fees were last updated in 2014.

It's important to note that this rule does not impact other consular fees, including the waiver of the two-year residency requirement fee for certain exchange visitors.

President Biden's foreign policy recognizes the significance of visas for work and tourism, acknowledging the vital role that international travel plays in the U.S. economy.

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