New Visa Processing Fees Effective 04/13/12

According to a statement by the Department of State, visa processing fees will be modified as of April 13, 2012.

Bad news is that the fees for most nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards will increase. Good news is that all immigrant visa processing fees will decrease.

The Dept is REQUIRED to recover, to the extent possible, the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees. According to the statement, for a number of (undisclosed) reasons, the current fees do not reflect the actual cost of processing nonimmigrant visas.

“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 fiancé (e)s of US citizens) will decrease."

Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Fees

  • Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student, Exchange Visitor, and Journalist visas (Old $140; New $160)
  • Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) (Old $150; New $190)
  • Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E) (Old $390; New $270)
  • Fiancé(e) visas (K) (Old $350; New $240)
  • Border Crossing Cards (age 15 and older) (Old $140; New $160)
  • Border Crossing Cards (under age 15) (Old $14; New $15)

Immigrant Visa Processing Fees

  • Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications (Old $330; New $230)
  • Employment-Based Applications (Old $720; New $405)
  • Other Immigrant Visa Applications (Old $305; New $220)
  • Diversity Visa Program Fee (Old $440; New $330)
  • Determining Returning Resident Status (Old $380; New $275)