Last Update: April 09, 2023, 2:07 PM IST
The US has increased the fee for tourists and students seeking visas. The new prices will be effective from May 30. The US State Department said it is raising the visa prices of certain nonimmigrant visa application (NIV) processing fees from $160 to $185.
Visa fee will be applicable for those applying for visitor visa for business or tourism (B1/B2S and BCC) and for other non-petition based NIV such as student visa and exchange visitor visa.
As per the current exchange rates, those applying for a US visa under the given categories will have to pay around Rs 15,000 instead of the estimated Rs 13,000.
“The fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2S and BCC) and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas will increase from $160 to $185,” said a statement from the US State Department. ” ,
The US has also raised the cost of some petition-based non-immigrant visas through May 30.
The fee for certain petition-based non-immigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q and R categories) will be increased from $190 to $205, the statement said.
Those applying under the above mentioned categories will now have to pay Rs 16,700 instead of Rs 15,550 as per the latest exchange rates.
Here are the visa categories that are going to be affected by the new rule:
- B1- Business visitors
- B2 – Tourist, holiday and pleasure visitors
- H- Work Visa
- L- Intra company transfers
- o- Foreign nationals of outstanding knowledge and ability in the field of arts, science, education, athletics or business
- P- Performance Athletes, Performers and Entertainers
- Q- International Cultural Exchange Visitors
- R- religious work
Most of the non-petition based NIV fees were last updated in 2012 and some other NIV fees were last updated in 2014.
The State Department further noted that this rule does not affect other consular fees, including a waiver of the fee required for two years of residence for some exchange visitors.
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