US State Department Increases Travel Visas Fees by 15%

US State Department Announces 15% Fee Increase for Travel Visas

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With effect from May 30 2023, fees for certain non-immigrant visa applications are being increased by a substantial 15%, the State Department has announced.

Which visas are having fees increased?

The fee increases will apply to B-1 and B-2 visitor visas, Border Crossing Cards for Mexican citizens aged 15 and above,student visas and exchange visitor visas. This means that the current visa application fee of $160 is going up to $205.

Temporary worker visa fee increases

Certain non-immigrant temporary worker visas are also subject to the fee increases, including H, L, type O visa, type P visa, R and Q categories. This means that the application fees for these categories will increase from $190 to $205.

E category visa increase

Also, treaty investors, treaty traders and certain specialty occupation applicants for E category visas are facing a fee increase from $205 to $315.

At this time, other consular fees will remain the same, which includes the fee for the two-year residency waiver that certain exchange visitors require.

The fee increases are due to increased costs of providing visa services and most non-petition non-immigrant visas had not changed since 2012.

Any applicants who had already paid their application fee but are awaiting interview or are waiting for their case to be processed will not be required to pay the additional fees.

Written by Abisola Fikayomi

Abisola is an accomplished writer interested in US Travel, immigration, passports and visas. She’s passionate about exploring new places and cultures and willing to share her experiences, expertize and findings with others. That is her primary drive for specialising in this industry.


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