Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Visa Application Fees Increased: The US Needs Your Cash

Effective June 1, 2010, many US consulates increased their visa application fees. This is in addition to the fees charged by USCIS for the petitions themselves. Just as a reminder, a petitioner pays fees to USCS to file an I-129 so an artist or group can be approved for a visa. Once the visa has been approved, the artist or group (unless they are Canadian) must then make an appointment at a US Consulate where each artist or member of the group must pay a visa application fee, be interviewed, harassed, etc. This is the fee which has increased.

I am attaching the link to the US Consulate in London.

However, each US Consulate is independent and charges different fees. Some charge additional fees to issue multiple entry visas or simply as “reciprocity” for additional fees charged to US citizens by the country where the particular US Consulate is located. Before sending yourself or your artists to a consulate, be sure to check the consulates website for specific information on any new fees at that consulate. You can reach each consulate through the State Department's website: