Higher fees for U.S. Visa

27 Dec 2016 The American Dream

The U.S. embassies and the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) are raising the fees for U.S. visa: Applicants of non-immigrant visa, Green Card or working permits like the Employment Authorization Document, EAD have to expect higher costs.

The end of the year is near and applicants have to adjust themselves to higher costs with regard to visa applications. Not only is the consulate process for visa in the country of origin affected but also petitions concerning immigration purposes which are directly send to the USCIS in the States are facing higher costs.

What are the costs for a U.S. Visa at the embassy?

The consular fee for U.S. visa were already adjusted once in November. The reason for this is to be seen in the current Euro/US-Dollar exchange rate of the U.S. embassies, which currently is 0,95 Euro to 1 US-Dollar. Therefore applicants have to pay higher fees:

  • Visa for Tourists, Studies/Exchange, Business trips and Transit (B, C, D, F, I, J, M): EUR 152 (instead of 144)
  • Visa for temporary workers/work permit USA (H, L, O, P, Q, R): EUR 180,50 (instead of EUR 171)
  • Visa for Fiancé (K): EUR 251,75 (instead of EUR 238,50)
  • Visa for Trade and Investment (E): EUR 194,75 (instead of EUR 184,50)

For that matter, the following principle applies to the visa fee: After the payment of the fee, applicants receive a proof of payment which is valid for a year from that date on and gives the applicant the chance to apply for an interview appointment in a U.S. embassy in the country of origin. If the receipt has expired after the year, you will be asked to pay again in order to make a new appointment with the new proof of payment- even if you have not used the first receipt.

How much are the charges at the USCIS?

The USCIS has raised the charges for immigrant and non-immigrant visa prior to Christmas. In consequence, the application for a work visa, the Green Card (Diversity immigrant) and the Employment Authorization Document, EAD are associated with higher costs since December 23, 2016. Petitions, which are being submitted from the 23rd December 2016 on have to include the new fees, otherwise they will be declined and send back to the recipient.

Our advice for the USA-Visa application

Applicants should gather all the information needed about the current fees at the USCIS before they finally send in the visa application.

When applying for a Visa at the U.S. embassy in your country of origin, payment will be made online and automatically charged to your visa profile, according to the current exchange rate. That is why at this point applicants should closely check, if they have chosen the right visa category.

At the USCIS in the States the payment is enclosed in the petition or application in the form of a check. Please make sure that your check has the correct amount written on it. You can always check ahead of time what the current fees are with the USCIS. Please note, that the fee for ESTA, this means the entry without a visa for a maximum of 90 days total, is still steady at 14 US-Dollars.