USA increases student, work visa fees by 15 percent

The United States of America has disclosed that there will be a hike in fees for certain non-immigrant visa applications (NIV).

According to a statement on Wednesday, the US department of state said the increase in the affected NIV fees was implemented after a review of the country’s costs of providing these services.

Travellers from Nigeria will be alerted by the  hike in visa fees but this would not stop them from seeking greener pastures in the USA.

According to the statement, “These increases were published in the federal register on March 28, 2023, and will be effective on May 30, 202.

The fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s and BCCs), and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas, will increase from $160 to $185. The fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will increase from $190 to $205. The fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicants in a specialty occupation (E category) will increase from $205 to $315.

NIV fees are set based on the actual cost of providing NIV 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.”

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