Effective April 13, 2012, visa processing fees to the United States for most non-immigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards are to increase, while all immigrant visa processing fees will decrease, the Department of State has said.

Although most categories of nonimmigrant visa processing fees will increase, the fee for E-visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) and K visas (for fiancé(e)s of US citizens) will decrease.

The variances are by more than $100 (about Shs240,000) for both increases and decreases.
In a press statement, the Department of State yesterday said the increments are to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees.

“For a number of reasons, the current fees no longer cover the actual cost of processing non-immigrant visas. The non-immigrant visa fee increase will support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand,” the statement read.

By FLAVIA LANYERO, Daily Monitor


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