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US Raises Student, Work Visa Fees By 15%





The US Department of State has made an official announcement on Wednesday regarding an increase of 15 percent in fees for specific non-immigrant visa applications (NIV). The decision to raise the fees for these affected NIV applications was based on a thorough evaluation of the expenses incurred by the United States in delivering these services.

The hike in fees also applies to the border crossing card (BCC) issued to Mexican citizens aged 15 and above. The department of state remains dedicated to enabling lawful travel to the United States for individuals seeking both immigrant and nonimmigrant status.

The statement partly reads, “These increases were published in the federal register on March 28, 2023, and will be effective on May 30, 2023.

“The fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s and BCCs), and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas, will increase 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. The fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicants in a specialty occupation (E category) will increase from $205 to $315.

“NIV fees are set based on the actual cost of providing NIV services and are determined after conducting a study of the cost of these services. The department uses an activity-based costing (ABC) methodology to calculate, annually, the cost of providing consular services, including visa services.

“The fees for most non-petition based NIVs were last updated in 2012, and certain other NIV fees were last updated in 2014.”

“Other consular fees are not affected by this rule, including the waiver of the two-year residency required fee for certain exchange visitors,”

According to the US Department of State, work and tourism visas play a crucial role in President Biden’s foreign policy and significantly contribute to the nation’s economy. The details regarding the fees can be found on the bureau of consular affairs website, travel.state.gov, as well as on the websites of US embassies and consulates.

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