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The State Department has announced that it is raising visa stamp fees for non-immigrants.

Effective June 4, 2010, the application fee for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa will increase from $131 to between $140 and $390 depending on the visa category.

In Japan, applicants who appear for the visa interview on or after June 4 will be processed only if they pay the new application fee. Applicants who paid the prior $131 application fee and appear for visa interviews on or after June 4 must pay the difference at the embassy or consulates cashier in Yen or U.S. dollars on your interview date.

The following are the new fees:

Petition based Visas:

H Visa (Temporary Work Visa) $150
L Visa (Intra-company transferees) $150
O or P Visa (Persons w/ extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics) $150
Q Visa (Visa International Cultural Exchange) $150
R Visa (Visa Religious Worker) $150
K Visa (Fiancé(e) visa) $350

Non-Petition based Visas:

A/G/C-3 Visa (Diplomatic, Government Official/Employees of an International Organization/Diplomatic, Official Transit Visas) No fee
B-1 Visa (Business visitors, Domestic Employees) $140
B-2 Visa (Holiday, tourism, medical treatment) $140
C-1 Visa (Transiting the United States) $140
C-1/D Visa (Crewmembers working on air or sea carriers) $140
F-1/M-1 Visa (Students: academic & vocational) $140
I Visa (Journalists & Members of the Media) $140
J-1 Visa (Exchange Visitor, Academics, Au-pairs, Interns) $140
E-1/E-2 Visa (Treaty Trader/Investor) $390
E-3 Visa (Australian professional specialty) $390

May 2010