US visa fees increased

A day after implementing an online United States visa application scheme for non-immigrants, the US Department of State has decided to increase Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) fees worldwide starting June 4.

The new fee for tourist/business visas (B1/B2 category), seafarer/crew visas (C1/D), student visas (F) and exchange visitor visas (J) will now be pegged at $140, or P6,300, while the MRV fee for work visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will be priced at $150. or P6,750. In addition, the trader/investor visas (E) will be priced at $390 or P17,550, while the fiancé/Spouse (K) visas at $350, or P15,750.

All other applicants who fall under non-immigrant categories will have to pay $140, or P6,300. Applicants with appointments before June 4, however, will pay for their visa fees at the current rate of $131. or P5,895.

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