Recent Announcements On Visa Processing Fees and Waivers of Inadmissibility by USCIS and the Department of State

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New Visa Application Fees

The Department of State announced new fees for nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applicants. While most nonimmigrant applications fees increased for tourist, business, students, and border crossing cards, the visa processing fee for (K) fiance visas decreased.

The new visa application fee for fiancee’s of U.S. citizens is $240. This is a decrease from the previous fee of $350. The visa application fee for immigrant visas such as the spouse or immediate relative of an U.S. citizen is now $230, also a decrease form the previous fee of $330.

Note: Visa application fees are collected by the Department of State and are accepted at the U.S. Consulate for fiance visas, or within the U.S. to the National Visa Center (NVC) in cases of marriage visas. Visa application fees are not to be confused with the fees USCIS charge for filing petitions. The current fee for filing an I-129F petition for a fiance of an U.S. citizen is $340. The current fee for an I-130 spouse petition is $420.

USCIS to Centralize Adjudication for Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility in the U.S.

Beginning June 4th, 2012, individuals abroad who have applied for visas and have been found ineligible by a U.S. Consular Officer, will be able to mail request to waive certain grounds of inadmissibility directly to U.S. Citizens and Immigration Service (USCIS) Lockbox facility.

This change affects where individuals abroad, who have been found inadmissible for an immigrant visa or a nonimmigrant K or V visa, must send their waiver applications

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