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Fees for Consular Services to Change

September 14, 2014

Fees for Consular Services to Change on September 12, 2014
Effective September 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of State will adjust processing fees for some services. The fees for most categories of immigrant visas will change, while fees for nonimmigrant visas largely remain the same. The fee for processing an application for Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship is increasing to reflect the true cost of providing this service.

The Department seeks to recover, as far as possible, the cost of providing consular services through the collection of consular fees. The Department regularly reviews these costs and adjusts fees as necessary to reflect the cost of service.

Although most categories of nonimmigrant visa processing fees will remain the same, the fee for E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) will decrease and the fee for K visas (for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens) will increase.

For immigrant visa processing, the fee for family-sponsored immigrant visas will increase, as will the fee for domestic review of an Affidavit of Support. All other immigrant and special visa processing fees that are changing will decrease.
Documenting a U.S. citizen’s renunciation of citizenship is extremely costly, requiring U.S. consular officers overseas to spend substantial amounts of time to accept, process, and adjudicate cases. The fee for processing renunciation of citizenship, which had previously been subsidized, is now reflective of the true cost.

Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Fees
Type of Visa

Previous Fee

New Fee

Fiancé(e) visas (K)

$240

$265

Immigrant Visa Processing Fees
Type of Visa

Previous Fee

New Fee

Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications

$230

$325

Employment-Based Applications

$405

$345

Other Immigrant Visa Applications

$220

$205

Determining Returning Resident Status

$275

$180

Waiver of Two-Year Residency Requirement

$215

$120

Affidavit of Support Review (only when reviewed domestically)

$88

$120

Citizens’ and Administrative Services
Type of Service

Previous Fee

New Fee

Renunciation of Citizenship

$450

$2,350

Charge for Consular Time (for fee services performed outside of normal business hours or away from the office)

$231

$135

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