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DOS Fees for Visa Services

The following DOS fee schedule takes effect on April 13, 2012. The table below covers most common nonimmigrant visa applications. For the complete list including immigrant visa and diversity visa fees, please see the State Department's Fees for Visa Services.

The visa fees described here are collected by the Department of State (DOS), either through an Embassy or Consulate abroad, or by the National Visa Center or Kentucky Consular Center. Many other immigration-related forms and fees are managed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) - their fee schedule can be found here.

Please read the instructions for individual forms and double-check the fee requirement before submitting your application. Also, some visa application forms are now electronic versions, and can only be submitted online.

Categories Fees ($)
Nonimmigrant Visa (DS-160), per person:  
Non-petition based visa (except E): 160
  • B1 - business visitors
  • B2 - tourists
  • C1 - transit
  • D - crew members
  • F - academic students
  • I - media and journalists
  • J - exchange students and scholars
  • M - vocational students
  • T - victim of human trafficking
  • U - victim of criminal activity
Petition based visa: 190
  • H - temporary workers
  • L - intracompany transferees
  • O - aliens with extraordinary ability
  • P - athletes, artists and entertainers
  • Q - international cultural exchange visitors
  • R - religious occupations
E category visa: 270
K category visa: 240
Border Crossing Cards, per person  
Border crossing card - age 15 and over (Valid 10 years): 160
Border crossing card - under age 15; for Mexican citizens if parent or guardian has or is applying for a border crossing card (valid 10 years or until the applicant reaches age 15, whichever is sooner): 15
Other Visa Fees  
L visa fraud prevention and detection fee - for visa applicant included in L blanket petition (principal applicant only): 500
Border Security Act fee – for visa applicant included in L blanket petition, where petition indicates subject to fee (principal applicant only): 2,250
Certain nonimmigrant visa applications do not require a fee (see link above to DOS). 0
Visa Reciprocity Fee (issuance fee). See table.  
Visa Waiver Program: small fee collected by CBP.  
Special Visa Fees:  
  • Form DSP-117, Application for Determining Returning Resident Status: $275
  • Transportation letter for Legal Permanent Residents of U.S.: No Fee
  • Application for Waiver of 2 year foreign residency requirement (J Waiver): $215
  • Form I-601, Application for Waiver of immigrant visa ineligibility (collected for USCIS): $585
  • Refugee or significant public benefit parole case processing: No Fee
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