Non-immigrant US visa fees go up

April 2, 2012 4:03 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – The US Department of State is set to adjust visa processing fees in 11 days.

A statement from the US embassy in Nairobi indicated that fees for most non-immigrant visa applications will increase, while all immigrant visa processing fees will decrease.

According to the statement, 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 non-immigrant visas. The non-immigrant visa fee increase will support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand,” the statement stated.

Application fees for tourist, business, student, exchange visitor, and journalist visas will increase from $140 to $160. Fees for work, performance, and religious visas will increase from $150 to $190.

Because of a reallocation of costs associated with immigrant visas, all categories of immigrant visa processing fees will decrease.

Family-based applications, which cost $330 previously, will cost $230. The new fee for the Diversity Visa Program (also known as the Visa Lottery) will be reduced from $440 to $330 per person.


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