DOS Amends Fees for Consular Services

The Department of State (DOS) issued an interim rule amending the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services for nonimmigrant visa and border crossing card application processing fees.  The rule raises fees from $131 to $140 for processing applications for most non-petition-based nonimmigrant visas (Machine-Readable Visas or MRVs) and adult Border Crossing Cards (BCCs). The rule also provides new tiers of the application fee for certain categories of petition- based nonimmigrant visas and treaty trader and investor visas (all of which are also MRVs). Finally, the rule increases the BCC fee charged to Mexican citizen minors who apply in Mexico, and whose parent or guardian already have a BCC or is applying for one, to $14.

This interim final rule will become effective on June 4, 2010. To read the entire post in the Federal Register, please click here.