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Visa Processing Fees

Visa Processing Fees

The Department is required to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees. On April 13, 2012, the Department of State adjusted visa processing fees. Because of a reallocation of costs associated with immigrant visas, all immigrant visa processing fees decreased. Most categories of nonimmigrant visa processing fees increased, except for the fee for E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) and K visas (for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens). The increase in nonimmigrant visa fees supports the addition and expansion of overseas facilities as well as additional staffing required for increased visa demand.

Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Fees

Type of Visa Fee
Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student, Exchange Visitor, and Journalist visas $160
Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) $190
Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E) $270
Fiancé(e) visas (K) $240
Border Crossing Cards (age 15 and older) $160
Border Crossing Cards (under age 15) $15

Immigrant Visa Processing Fees

Type of Visa Fee
Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications $325
Employment-Based Applications $345
Other Immigrant Visa Applications (including special immigrant visa applications) $205
Diversity Visa Program Fee $330
Determining Returning Resident Status (requires Form DS-117) $180

The adjusted fees were published in the Federal Register on March 29, 2012 and took effect on April 13, 2012. Please see the Department of State’s Fees for Visa Services page for additional information.

Fee information may also be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website,, and on the websites of U.S. embassies and consulates.

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