Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New U.S. Visa Fees to Take Effect April 13

The Embassy of the United States in the Philippines has announced that starting April 13, 2012, new visa fees will take effect for both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to the United States.

The statement said that fees for all immigrant visas, as well as those for fiance/fiancee visas and trade/investor visa will decrease. However, fees for non-immigrant visa will increase, including tourist, business visas, and student visas.

The reduction in the immigrant visa fees is due to a new U.S. law that allows the U.S. Department of State to seek reimbursement from other federal agencies such as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. 
U.S. embassies must collect higher fees for tourist and other types of nonimmigrant visas because U.S. law requires the Department of State to recover the costs of processing those types of visas.  The new fees more accurately reflect the costs of visa processing services as determined in a U.S. government study completed last December.  
Visa application fees paid before April 13 at the prior rate will be honored through July 12, 2012.  Starting on July 13, 2012, applicants who had paid application fees at a prior rate will have to pay the difference between the prior rate and the new rate.  For visa categories that have reduced fees effective April 13, no refunds will be given to those who paid the fees before the effective date. 

New Schedule of Fees:
  • US$140.00 non-immigrant visa (including tourist, business visas, student visas, crew members, media/journalist, exchange visitors and other visas)
  • US$150.00 petition based visas (employment or trainees, persons with extraordinary ability, artists, entertainers, international cultural exchange and religious workers)
  • US$350.00 fiance(e) or spouse of US citizen category visa

Description of Service and Fee Amount (All fees = $ in US currency)

Filing an Immigrant Visa Petition (When collected by U.S. Embassies and Consulates for USCIS. Fees subject to change.)
Immigrant petition for relative (I-130)$420
Orphan (intercountry adoption) immediate relative petition  (I-600, I-800)
Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fees (non-refundable, per person) 
Immediate relative and family preference applications(processed on the basis of an approved I-130, I-600 or I-800 petition)

Employment-based applications (processed on the basis of an approved I-140 petition)
Other immigrant visa applications (including approved I-360 self-petitioners, special immigrant visa applicants, and all others, except DV Lottery selectees)

Certain Iraqi and Afghan special immigrant visa applications

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for providing the information. I was planning to apply for investor visa. This information will help me a lot in applying for visa to US.
    EB-5 Investment Visa Program


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