US government increases visa fees for students and tourists

The United States government has increased visa fees for non-immigrant visa (NIV) categories, including tourists and international students, who intend to travel to the US and require a visa.

The announcement of the fee increase was made by the US Department of State and published on the US official government website,

According to the announcement, visa fees for non-immigrant categories such as the student visa will be increased from the current amount of $160 to a new amount of $185.

The statement read: “The fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2), and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas, will increase from $160 to $185. The fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will increase from $190 to $205. The fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicants in a specialty occupation (E category) will increase from $205 to $315.”

The new visa prices will be effective from May 30, 2023.

The United States receives between 900,000 to 1 million international students every year on average, according to data from the statistics website Statista.

Umar Ali
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