U.S. Non-Immigrants Visa fess is increased from June 4, 2010. This consular visa fee increase will become effective from June 4, 2010.
- B-1/B-2, C-1/D, student (F or M), exchange (J) categories – $140 and receive a white receipt.
- (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories – $150 and receive a green receipt.
- Above two receipts will still be purchased at approved HDFC Bank branches.
- K (fiancé) applicants will now pay $350 and will continue to pay their fees at the Consular Section.
Applicants who purchased their receipts before June 4, 2010 will pay the balance between the old and new fees at the time of the interview. The previous application fee was $131 for all visas.
The Department of State adopted the tiered system because petition-based applications require significantly more processing than other visa applications. The rate increase is for improvements in the manner and speed with which visa applications are processed, and in particular for fraud-detection efforts. The total fee covers the cost of accepting, adjudicating, and issuing nonimmigrant visa applications.
For more information, refer to VFS site (India) and corresponding US Consulate website in other countries.