The State Department on Tuesday announced the rule that allows the increase in prices in visa applications to visit the United States, applicable to several categories.

With the publication in the Federal Register, the State Department of the United States assured that the new rates with differentiated increases in the different categories will be applied from May 30, 2023.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) submitted a package of new immigration service fees for review in January to adjust the cost of processing applications, as the agency argues more than 90% of its work is from proprietary photos.

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The State Department argued in the statement that the fees for so-called non-immigrant visas are calculated based on the cost of consular services. The last revision of some prices took place in 2014. Photo: Istock

New prices of visas to the United States from May 2023

“The fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2 and BCC) and others not based on petitions, such as student visas and exchange visitor visaswill increase from 160 to 185 dollars”, says the statement.

“The fee for certain non-immigrant visas is based on petitions for temporary workers (categories H, L, O, P, Q and R) will increase from 190 to 205he added.

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“The fee for a trader and investor and applicants for a specialized profession (category E) rise from $205 to $315the State Department said in a statement.

The US government clarified that in order to adjust the rates, it has followed a procedure involving “annual calculations” of the cost of providing consular services, including issuing visas abroad.

After payment, you must pass your interview with the consular officer and then receive the visa to enter the United States. Photo: media photos

The fees for most nonimmigrant visas (NIVs) that are granted directly without going through the petition process, such as those for family reunification with USCIS, were last updated in 2012, and other categories of those were updated in 2014, the bureau explained.

“Work and tourist visas are essential to President Joe Biden’s foreign policy, and we recognize the critical role international travel plays in the U.S. economy,” the statement said.