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The increase in processing fees for some nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applications for travel to the United States has been delayed and will instead take effect on June 17, 2023.
The increases were originally scheduled to take effect on May 30.
In a recent tweet, the US Embassy in Kingston said the effective date was delayed by the US State Department.
“Consular fee increases for nonimmigrant visa applications & Border Crossing Cards are now set to take effect on June 17, 2023, instead of May 30,” the US Embassy in Kingston said on it official Twitter page.
The fee increases follow a ruling published in the Federal Register on March 28.
The ruling also deals with the Border Crossing Card (BCC) for Mexican citizens, aged 15 and over.
The US State Department advised then that the fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s and BCCs) and other non-petition-based NIVs, such as student and exchange visitor visas, will increase from US$160 to US$185.
The fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will increase from US$190 to US$205.
The fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicant in a speciality occupation (E category) will increase from US$205 to US$315.
The US State Department said the NIV fees are set based on the actual cost of providing those services, which is determined after conducting a study on said costs.
Annually, an activity-based costing methodology is used to calculate the cost of providing consular services, including visa services.
Other consular fees are not affected by this rule, including the waiver of the two-year residency required fee for certain exchange visitors.
Fees for most non-petition-based NIVs were last updated in 2012, and certain other NIV fees were last updated in 2014.
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