Effective April 13, 2012, visa processing fees at U.S. consular
posts for several types of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa
applications have changed. The fees for most nonimmigrant visa
applications have increased, while those for all immigrant visa
applications and "Treaty Investor" and "Treaty
Trader" (E) nonimmigrant visa applications have decreased.
Specifically, the visa fee for petition-based nonimmigrant visas
(H, L, O, P, Q, and R) has increased from $150 to $190, while the
fee for employment-based immigrant visa applications has decreased
from $720 to $405. The fee for E category nonimmigrant visas has
decreased from $390 to $270.
Visa processing fees paid on or after April 13, 2012 are subject
to the new visa processing rates. Applicants should be aware of
three main payment scenarios:
1. Applicants who paid a nonimmigrant visa fee before April 13,
2012 are not required to pay the difference between the previous
fee and the newly increased fee, as long as their visa interview
takes place on or before July 12, 2012.
2. Applicants who paid a visa fee before April 13, 2012, but
have a visa interview on or after July 13, 2012, must pay the
difference between the previous and new fee amounts, with no
3. Applicants who paid a visa fee before April 13, 2012, and
that fee decreased, will not receive a refund.
Applicants attending visa appointments should be prepared to pay
the new fees.
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