Fees for Consular Services Set to Change Effective April 13, 2012

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs will be changing processing fees for border crossing cards, nonimmigrant visas, and immigrant visas at U.S. Embassies and Consulates globally.  Individuals with pending consular appointments should be prepared to pay these new fees.

Changes for nonimmigrant visas are as follows:

  • Most non-petition based applications (including B-1/B-2 and F-1 visas) will increase from $140 to $160.
  • Most employment-based petition applications (including H, L, O, P, Q, and R) will increase from $150 to $190.
  • B-1/B-2 border crossing cards for Mexican citizens will increase from $140 to $160.
  • E treaty-based work authorizing visas will decrease from $390 to $270.
  • K-1 fiance(e)/spouse of U.S. citizen nonimmigrant visas will decrease from $350 to $240.

Changes for immigrant visas are as follows:

  • Employment-based immigrant visas (from approved I-140 petitions) will decrease from $720 to $405.
  • Family-based immigrant visas (from approved I-130 petitions) will decreasefrom $330 to $230.
  • Diversity Lottery winners will decrease from $440 to $330.
  • The immigrant visa security surcharge of $74 will increase to $75 and will be imbedded in the application processing fee.

It is important to note that visa issuance fees are separate from reciprocity fees, which vary depending on an applicant’s nationality and visa type.  Further information on these fees can be obtained from the Department of State’s website by clicking here.

Berardi Immigration Law’s Universal Visa Services Division deals with the Department of State on a regular basis and can eliminate the uncertainty from the visa application process.  We urge you to contact us by calling 877-721-6100 or send an e-mail by clicking here.


Page Summary:  The Department of State is changing fees associated with both nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application processes.

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