The U.S. Department of State announced increases to certain nonimmigrant visa application (NIV) processing fees. These increases were published in the Federal Register on March 28, 2023, and will be effective on May 30, 2023.
As of May 30, 2023, the application fee for U.S. visitor visas for business, tourism, and other non-petition based nonimmigrant visas will increase from $160 to $185. The fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) will increase from $190 to $205. E visa application fees will increase from $205 to $315, and the fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicants in a specialty occupation (E category) will increase from $205 to $315. Other consular fees will not be affected.
We are committed to efficient visa processing so international visitors can travel to the United States. More information on how to apply for a visa can be found on our website, bm.usconsulate.gov and on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, travel.state.gov/visas.
NIV fees are set based on the actual cost of providing nonimmigrant services and are determined after conducting a study of the cost of these services. The Department uses an Activity-Based Costing (ABC) methodology to calculate, annually, the cost of providing consular services, including visa services. The fees for most non-petition based NIVs were last updated in 2012, and certain other NIV fees were last updated in 2014.
Visas for work and tourism are essential to President Biden’s foreign policy, and we recognize the critical role international travel plays in the U.S. economy. The U.S. Department of State is committed to facilitating legitimate travel to the United States for both immigrant and nonimmigrant travelers.