APR 13, 2012 KATHMANDU – Effective from Friday 13, April 2012, the US Department of State has adjusted new visa processing fees worldwide. All immigrant visa processing fees are decreased, while those for most non-immigrant visas are increased, according to an announcement made by the US Embassy in Kathmandu.
Those who are traveling under the non-immigrant visa types like tourist, business, transit, crew member, student, exchange visitor, and journalists have to pay more as fees have increased from $140 to $160.
Likewise, people applying for petition-based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) will have to pay $190 instead of $150. Those who apply for treaty investor and trader visas (E) have to pay $270 instead of $390, some relief to them.
Also, fees for Fiance (e) visas (K) were reduced from $350 to $240.
Under the immigrant visa category, fees for Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications have to pay $230 instead of $330, Employment-Based Applications have to pay $405 instead of $720, Other Immigrant Visa Applicants have to pay $220 instead of $305, Diversity Visa Program Fee is also reduced to $330 from $440.
Those who apply for Determining Returning Resident Status have to pay $275 instead of $380, according to the new fee structures.
Those who have applied for visa before Thursday (April 12) will pay the old fee, it said while Non-immigrant visa applicants who make appointments at Nabil Bank on or after April 13, 2012 will pay the new fee. “Diversity visa applicants pay the fee at the time of interview. Applicants with interviews before April 13, 2012 will pay the old fee. Applicants with interviews on or after April 13, 2012 will pay the new fee,” read the statement.
“The Department of State is required by law to recover the cost of processing non-immigrant visas through the collection of visa application processing fees, also called Machine-Readable Visa fees. The cost-of-service model is updated annually to determine direct and indirect costs to the U.S. government when providing all consular services, such as non-immigrant visa processing. This update was completed in December 2011 using an activity-based cost model, which is standard for estimating the cost of government services,” the State Department explains why it decided to adjust the fees structure.