The U.S. State Department plans to publish a rule tomorrow, March 28, to increase consular fees for nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards for certain Mexican citizens.
Fee increases include:
The Department previously proposed increasing the exchange visitor waiver of two-year residency requirement (J-Waiver fee). However, the fee will be kept at $120, instead of the proposed $510.
Additional Information: The rule is set to take effect 60 days after it is published. The State Department stated the increases will help ensure that “fees for providing these consular services better align with the costs of providing the services.” The consular fee increases are less dramatic than the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services fee increases.
BAL Analysis: The new consular fees will increase overall costs but are lower than what was originally proposed at the end of 2021. The State Department stated that it made the decision to recalculate the fees “before moving forward with the final rule to ensure that it did not implement fees in excess of its actual costs.” Current fees will remain in place until the effective date. BAL will continue following the rule and will provide updated information as it becomes available.
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