08 July 2010

US Visa fees rise on 13 July

New fees for US Visa and consular services, except visitor visas, will commence on Tuesday.

US Visa

US Visa and other services will see a fee increase next month.

The increase in US Visa and passport fees will cover operating expenses for 301 US Embassy and consular posts abroad, 23 domestic passport agencies and other centres that provide consular services to both US and foreign citizens.

Some US Visa fees are decreasing, including the cost of applying for a US Visa for an immediate relative from US$355 to US$330.

First-time passport books for an adult will increase from US$100 to US$135 and the renewal cost will increase from US$75 to US$110. The US Immigration department will charge US$82 to add pages to an existing passport, though frequent travellers renewing their passports can request a 52-page passport book at no additional cost.

A minor’s passport, aged 16 and younger, will increase from US$85 to US$105.

Other increases include notarial services, which will rise from US$30 to US$50 for the first service.

The increase in charges stem from a detailed study into services the Department of State conducted in June 2009.

The American Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people make US Visa applications to the US Embassy.

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