- Department of State Announces Visa Fee Changes
- January 10, 2015 | Author: Maria del Carmen Ramos
- Law Firm: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP - Tampa Office
On September 12, 2014, the Department of State (DOS) announced fee changes for nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application fees for certain visa categories.
As background, all visa applicants must pay the fee amounts in effect on the day they pay, with the exception of Immigrant Visa application processing fees paid domestically to the National Visa Center (NVC). (Those fees are effective as of the date of billing.) Please keep in mind that fees that decreased are not refundable. If you paid a visa fee before September 12, 2014 and that fee decreased, DOS will not issue a refund.
Important to note is that nonimmigrant visa fees were the only fees to increase. In instances where the fees increased, DOS will continue to accept the lower visa fees paid until December 11, 2014 (90 days after the new fees went into effect). So if you paid your visa fee before September 12, 2014, and your visa interview is on or before December 11, 2014, you will not be required to pay the difference between the new and old fee amounts. On the other hand, if you paid before September 12, 2014, but your interview is after December 12, 2014, please be prepared to pay the difference between the fee amounts.