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Posted on April 12 2023

US to raise B1/B2 and student visa fees, effective from May 30, 2023

By Editor
Updated May 25 2023

Highlights: US student visa & B1/B2 visa fees to increase from May 30, 2023

  • The cost of the US Student and Tourist Visas is set to increase with effect from 30th May, 2023.
  • The processing fee for B1/B2 Visa (business or tourism) will rise from $160 to $185.
  • The hike will also apply to non-petition-based NIVs, including the US student & exchange visitor visas.
  • The cost for a few non-immigrant visas (petition-based) for temporary skilled workers under H/L/O/P/Q/R categories will rise to $205 from $190.
  • The fee for Treaty trader (E1 visa), Treaty investor (E2 visa), and Treaty applicant (E3 visa) under specialty occupation will also increase from $205 to $315.

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Going to the US for studies, travel, or business purposes will cost more from May 30, 2023

In a recent update, the US State Department announced a hike in the processing fee for B1 and B2 visas, exchange visitor visas, US student visas, and other non-immigrant visa (NIV) categories. However, the consular services cost will remain the same, i.e., the waiver of the 2-year residency required cost for a few exchange visitors.

The US state department stated, “Non-immigrant visa fees are decided on the basis of the actual cost of delivering NIV services and are determined by conducting a thorough study of the cost of all such services.”

The fee hike will be applicable to the following visa categories:

Visa Category

Current Visa Processing Cost Updated Cost Applicable w.e.f May 30, 2023

USA B1 and B2 Visa

$160 $185
Non-immigrant Exchange Visitor Visa $160


Student Visa $160


Non-immigrant Exchange Visitor Visas for temporary workers under H/L/O/P/Q/R categories

$190 $205
Treaty trader (E1), investor (E2), and applicant (E3) under specialty occupation $205


*Please note that the processing cost for most of the US non-petition based visa categories was updated in the year 2012, and a few other costs were updated in the year 2014.

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