Nonimmigrant Visa Fee Increases Are Effective Now

Followers of the immigration law landscape in the United States have been bracing for rising fees for months. One of those increases is slated for May 30, 2023. This rate hike affects anyone applying for a nonimmigrant visa. What does this mean for you? We have the details here.

Fees at Consulates Are Rising

May 30 brings the awaited increase for nonimmigrant visas at consulates abroad. Applicants paying for their visas between October 1, 2022, and May 30, 2023, skipped the extra cost, provided their interview is scheduled within 365 days of their payment. (Note: If the interview is rescheduled to after 365 days, the payment remains valid.)

Fee increases of $185 from the previous $160 rate are applicable to the following non-petition-based visa categories:

●     B1 and B2 visas for business and tourist travel,

●     F-category visas for all international students,

●     J-category visas for exchange visitors,

●     Any other visa class that doesn’t require a petition.

Fee increases for petition-based nonimmigrant visa categories will rise from $190 to $205. This affects all visas beginning with H, L, O, P, Q, and R. E-category nonimmigrant visas jump significantly from $205 to $315.

The rates charged for fees for visas are established by the Department of State at the federal level, which means they’re consistent across the board, no matter which US Embassy or Consulate you visit throughout the world.

What’s Next?

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