US Embassy announces visa fee changes by 13 April

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MANILA/11 April 2012—The United States Embassy in Manila today announced its intent to implement changes in the visa fees for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to the United States effective 13 April this year.  Likewise, fees for some non-immigrant visas will increase, including tourist, business visas, and student visas and others indicated in its official table of visa fees.

In a statement to the press, the US Embassy said that with this, fees for all immigrant visas, as well as those for fiancé/fianceé visas and trader/investor visas, will decrease.

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 13 April  at the prior rate will be honored through 12 July 2012.  Starting on 13 July 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 13 April no refunds will be given to those who paid the fees before the effective date.

The new non-immigrant visa fees are as follows:  Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student, Exchange Visitor, and Journalist visas, $160; Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R), $190; Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E), $270; Fiancé(e) visas (K), $240; Border Crossing Card (age 15 and older), $160; and Border Crossing Card (under age 15), $15.

On the other hand, the new immigrant visa processing fees are as follows:  Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications, $230; Employment-Based Applications, $405; Other Immigrant Visa Applications, $220; and Diversity Visa Program Fee, $330.

For further information, visit the U.S. Embassy Manila website at

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