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Nonimmigrant Visa Fee Increases
April 11, 2023

The U.S. Department of State has increased certain nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application processing fees. These fee increases are effective May 30, 2023.

  • The application fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s), and other non-petition based NIVs, such as student and exchange visitor visas, has increased from USD$160 to USD$185.

  • The application fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) has increased from USD$190 to USD$205.

  • The application fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicant in a specialty occupation (E category) has increased from USD$205 to USD$315.

Waivers Of The Interview Requirement For Certain Nonimmigrant Visas

Many visa applicants may be eligible to mail their application in without an in-person interview. Please review instructions on applying for a visa without an interview. Note the “Apply by Mail Standard” section reviews mail-in options for those renewing prior visas in the same category as well as for those applicants under 14 years old and 80 years of age or older. We now also have authority to waive interviews for many other travelers who have travelled to the United States before in a different category from which they are intending to travel now. These options are described under “Apply by Mail Expansion.”

MRV Fee Validity Update Effective October 1st 2022

All nonimmigrant visa application fee (also known as the MRV fee) payments made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for payment of the MRV fee. Applicants must schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application during this 365-day period. Please note applicants must only schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period. There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period. All receipts for payment of MRV fees issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date.

Return of Passports/Documents

Effective March 1st, 2023, the Premium Delivery Service fee for your passport and documents will change to AUD$57.00.