On June 4th, the
The fee increase is based on a Cost of Service Study which was completed in June of 2009. The study reported that the costs of nonimmigrant visa services in Fiscal Year 2010 will exceed the current $131 fee. The study showed that certain categories of NIVs are more complicated and time intensive than most other categories of nonimmigrant visas because they require a review of extensive documentation and a more in-depth interview of the applicant than other categories, such as tourists. Also, since the last fee increase in 2008, there have been new security-related costs, new IT systems have been put in place, and there is a new mandate from Congress to charge nonimmigrant visa applicants $1 to support programs to combat trafficking in persons.
Applicants should visit the