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The Department of State’s Fee Increase Impacts Certain Non-Petition and Petition-Based Nonimmigrant Visas

By: Angelita Chavez | June 07, 2023

By: Jioselin Juarez Contreras 

Certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees paid to the Department of State will increase beginning on June 17, 2023. The fee increase applies to non-petition-based nonimmigrant visas, such as tourist visas, and some petition-based nonimmigrant visas, such as temporary worker visas.

Most significantly, all fees paid before June 17, 2023, will not be impacted by the fee increase changes, and rather will remain valid until the expiration date specified on the receipt notice.

Visa Type

Previous Fee

New Fee (Starting June 17, 2023)

Business and Tourism Visas (B1/B2, BCC)



Student and Exchange Visitor Visas (F, M, and J Visas)



Temporary Worker Visas (H, L, O, P, Q and R)



Treaty Trader, Treaty Investor, and Treaty Applicants in a Specialty Occupation (Nonimmigrant E category)



The fee increase will not apply to any other visas or waivers. For example, the fee for applying for a waiver of the two-year residency requirement for certain exchange visitors will remain at $120.

For assistance in filing a nonimmigrant visa application, making sure you pay the correct fee, or any case specific questions, contact the trusted Chugh, LLP immigration team.


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