State Department proposes fee increases for certain nonimmigrant visas and exemption fees J – Immigration
United States: State Department proposes fee increases for certain nonimmigrant visas and exemption fees J
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Today, the State Department published a rule proposal in the Federal Register to increase application processing fees for various visa applications at U.S. consulates around the world. Certain nonimmigrant visas (NIV) and “J-Waiver” fees, which apply to the removal of the two-year J-1 residency requirement, if applicable, are highlighted below.
The State Department aims to update the fees to better reflect the cost of providing visa services. It proposes the following changes to be applied to visa applications at U.S. consulates around the world in 2022:
- Nonimmigrant visas that are applied for at a U.S. consulate and that are tied to a USCIS-approved job application for employment in the United States will see the fee increase to $ 310 per application. The current fee is $ 190 per request. These nonimmigrant visas include categories H, L, O and P.
- Nonimmigrant visas that are applied for at a United States Consulate and are not based on a USCIS approved petition (with the exception of E visas) are subject to an increased fee offered at $ 245 per request, instead of the existing fee of $ 160.
- For E visas, which are specific to treaty traders or investors and Australian specialist workers, the Department of State is proposing a fee increase from $ 205 to $ 485.
- The State Department is also proposing to increase the “J-Waiver” fee to $ 510. Currently the fee is $ 120.
The stated purpose of the fee increases proposed by the State Department is to ensure that the fees associated with providing consular services are better aligned with the cost of the services.
A 60-day public comment period will follow the publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register. The State Department will accept comments until February 28, 2022.
Originally posted DEC 29, 2021
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