Nonimmigrant Visa Fee Increase Delayed Until June 17

Starting June 17, 2023, nonimmigrant visa application processing fees will increase. The hopes of the visa fee hike ups are that these extra funds will help improve USCIS immigration services and processes. The fee increase affects certain nonimmigrant visa application (NIV) processing fees and the Border Crossing Card (BCC) for Mexican citizens aged 15 and over.

Note

A final rule has been published in the Federal Register announcing that the application processing fee increase for certain nonimmigrant visas has been delayed until June 17, 2023. The previous effective date was May 30, 2023.
Nonimmigrant Visa Fee Increase Delayed Until June 17
*Note that the start day for the fee increase has been delayed until June 17, 2023.

The new nonimmigrant visa processing fees are as follows:

  • Visitor Visa/Business Visa (B1/B2) – $185
  • Student Visa/Exchange Visitor Visa (F/J) – $185
  • Treaty Trader/Treaty Investor Visa (E) – $315
  • Temporary Work Visa (H, L, O, P, Q, R) – $205
  • BCC processing fee for Mexican citizens (ages 15 and older) – $185

All visa application processing fees paid on or after June 17, 2023 will require you to pay the new increased fee amounts listed above.

The new fees are based upon the true cost of providing nonimmigrant services, and were determined after studying was done of the actual total cost of providing these services. This fee increase only affects the nonimmigrant visas listed above, and does not affect other consular fees.

The nonimmigrant visa application fee is collected by the U.S. Department of State and is solely to cover the processing of your application. You will pay this fee before your scheduled visa interview, after you have completed filing your online DS-160 application and uploading your required photograph.

For more information on the fee increase, read the U.S. Department of State Final Rule publication or visit the travel.state.gov website.

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