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U.S Embassy to increase visa fees starting May 30

The Embassy of the United States of America in Accra announced that it will increase fees for nonimmigrant visas effective May 30, 2023. They added that “fees for B1/B2 visas for business and tourism, F visas for international students, J visitor visas and other visa categories that require not a petition will be increase to $185 (instead of $160).

“For petition-based nonimmigrant categories (H, L, O, P, Q and R), the fee will increase to $205 (previously $190).” The US Embassy explained that the fee increase was set up by the State Department in Washington, D.C. and will have the same effect at all U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.

They further clarified that “fees will only increase for new visa applications as of May 30, 2023. Applicants who pay the visa fee by May 30, 2023 and schedule an interview within 365 days. days from the date of payment are not affected by this change.

“The interview doesn’t have to actually happen during this 365-day period, the candidate just needs to make an appointment within 365 days.” The US Embassy has stated that all visa fee payments made on or after October 1, 2022 are valid for 365 days from the date the fee payment receipt is issued.

Therefore, we recommend that “applicants should schedule an interview appointment or submit a request to waive the interview within 365 days of visa fee payment. interview does not need to take place during this 365 day period.

The embassy explained the importance of the fees by saying that “the State Department’s consular activities are funded by the fees collected for the consular services it provides.”

“Non-immigrant visa fees are set based on the actual costs of providing these services, which are determined after conducting research into the costs of these services.

“The increase in the nonimmigrant visa fee is purely based on the results of this service cost model, and the State Department is only recovering the costs of providing these consular services.”

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