Bajans travelling to the USA? Budget carefully, why? U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Fee to Increase as of June 4
Effective June 4, 2010, the non-immigrant visa application fee for visitor and business travelers will be US$140, a nine dollar increase over the current fee of US$131. The U.S. Department of State is increasing fees to ensure sufficient resources to cover the rising cost of processing non-immigrant visas.
On May 20, 2010, the Department of State published an interim final rule in the U.S. Federal Register to increase non-immigrant visa application processing fees. Under the new schedule of fees, applicants for all visas that are not petition-based, including tourist and business visitor (B1/B2) visas and all student and exchange visitor (F, M and J) visas, will pay a fee of US$140 (BB$283). Applicants for petition-based visas will now pay an application fee of US$150 (BB$303). These visa categories include:
- H visa for temporary workers and trainees
- L visa for intra-company transferees
- O visa for aliens with extraordinary ability
- P visa for athletes, artists and entertainers
- Q visa for international cultural exchange visitors
- R visa for religious occupations
The application fee for K visas for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens will be US$350 (BB$707). The fee for E visas for treaty-traders and treaty-investors will be US$390 (BB$788). The new fees are scheduled to go into effect on June 4, 2010.
“Along with announcing the new visa fees to take effect June 4, as we head into the peak summer season for U.S. visas, I would like to remind all applicants to apply as early as possible and to visit our website for information on how to best prepare for their visa interview,” said Nicole Theriot, Consul General of the U.S. Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
The new, tiered fee structure was created to cover the higher unit costs for processing certain categories of non-immigrant visas that are more complicated and require more in-depth consideration than most other categories of non-immigrant visas. The State Department is required to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing non-immigrant visas through the collection of the application fees. For a number of reasons, including new security enhancements, the US$131 fee set on January 1, 2008 no longer covers the current, actual cost of processing non-immigrant visas.
For information on the non-immigrant visa application process or to schedule a visa interview, please visit the Consular Section’s website at http://barbados.usembassy.gov/non-immigrant_visas.html. All visa applicants worldwide are required to complete the web-based DS-160 Non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application in order to schedule an appointment for a visa interview. The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section appreciates the public’s understanding of these changes and encourages applicants to apply for their U.S. visa at least two months ahead of their intended travel date.