Kenyans to pay more for US visa

May 28, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28 – Kenyans wishing to travel to the United States of America will from next Friday pay up to Sh1, 500 more to acquire a visa.

The United States government on Friday announced it had raised visa fees from Sh10,500 to 11,200 with effect from June 4 for standard non-immigrant visas, such as those for tourists or students. 

“Specialty non-immigrant visas, such as those for temporary workers and professional athletes, will increase to Sh12,000,” said a statement from the US Embassy in Nairobi.

The statement added “these price increases reflect a worldwide fee increase for all U.S. visa applicants.”
“Applicants who pay the Sh10,500 fee prior to June 4, but come to the U.S. Embassy for an interview after June 4, will be required to pay the difference in fees: either Sh700or Sh1,500,” it said adding that “applicants will be able to pay this difference at the U.S. Embassy.”

The US has however not changed the procedures for payment of visa fees.

“All applicants for non-immigrant visas to visit the United States, regardless of nationality, should pay the fee for each individual visa application at the Commercial Bank of Africa,” the statement said. 

The Department of State is required by U.S. federal legislation to recover costs through fees charged for visa services.  In its management of all consular services and operations, it is normal practice for the Department of State to adjust visa fees to reflect increased costs of operations.


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