The U.S. State Department is set to publish a proposed rule on Dec. 29 that would increase nonimmigrant and special visa application processing fees.

The Department will propose to increase fees as follows:

  • Non-petition based NIV (excluding E visas) fee from $160 to $245 per application.
  • Petition based NIVs related to employment in the U.S. from $190 to $310.
  • E category NIV fee from $205 to $485.
  • J-Waiver fee from $120 to $510.

Additional Information: The proposed rule will be open to comments for 60 days from its publication date. Information about how to submit a comment is available here.

BAL Analysis: The State Department is proposing the adjustment to ensure that the application fees align more closely with the costs of providing the services. BAL will continue to monitor these developments and will provide updates as they become available.

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