F1, H1B, H4, L1 Visa Fees to Increase from April 13, 2012

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US Department of State announced increase in Non-Immigrant Visa fees effective from April 13, 2012.

Check with US consulate to see if you have already paid lower fees and visa appointment is scheduled on or after April 13, 2012.

  • F1, F2 Visa – $160 ($20 increase)
  • H1B, H4 Visa Fees – $190 ($40 increase)

If your visa is rejected, fees are non-refundable.

Non-immigrant Visa Processing Fees


Type of Visa

Previous Fee

New Fee

Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student, Exchange Visitor, and Journalist visas



Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R)



Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E)



Fiancé(e) visas (K)



Border Crossing Cards (age 15 and older)



Border Crossing Cards (under age 15)



Immigrant Visa Processing Fees

Type of Visa

Previous Fee

New Fee

Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications



Employment-Based Applications



Other Immigrant Visa Applications



Diversity Visa Program Fee



Determining Returning Resident Status



Why Fees Increase?

The Department of State is required to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees.

For a number of reasons, the current fees no longer cover the actual cost of processing non-immigrant visas.

The non-immigrant visa fee increase will support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand.

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