Visa Processing Fees to Change on April 13, 2012
Office of the Spokesperson
March 29, 2012
Effective April 13, 2012, the Department of State will adjust visa processing fees. The fees for most nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards will increase, while all immigrant visa processing fees will decrease.
The Department is required to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees. For a number of reasons, the current fees no longer cover the actual cost of processing nonimmigrant visas. The nonimmigrant visa fee increase will support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand.
Although most categories of nonimmigrant visa processing fees will increase, the fee for E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) and K visas (for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens) will decrease.
Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Fees
Type of Visa
Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student, Exchange Visitor, and Journalist visas
Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R)
Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E)
Fiancé(e) visas (K)
Border Crossing Cards (age 15 and older)
Border Crossing Cards (under age 15)
$15Because of a reallocation of costs associated with immigrant visas, all categories of immigrant visa processing fees will decrease.
Immigrant Visa Processing Fees
Type of Visa
Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications
Other Immigrant Visa Applications
Diversity Visa Program Fee
Determining Returning Resident Status
$275The proposed fees were published in the Federal Register today, and will take effect in 15 days. To view the interim final rule, visit www.regulations.gov. Comments will be accepted until 60 days after publication. At that time, the Department will consider the public comments, and the published final rule will include the Department’s response to any comments received.
Fee information may also be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, travel.state.gov, and on the websites of U.S. embassies and consulates.