On May 25, 2023, The U.S. Department of State delayed the effective date of consular fee increases for nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards for some Mexican nationals. The State Department states that the delay resulted from the final rule not being delivered to the U.S. Senate until April 17th, therefore bringing the mandatory 60 day review period to June 17th.
Green and Spiegel’s prior post, with details on the fee increase can be found here, and is copied below:
On March 28, 2023, the Department of State published a final rule in the Federal Register adjusting the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule of Fees) for several nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application processing fees and the Border Crossing Card (BCC) for Mexican citizens aged 15 and over. The new proposed fees are as follows:
- Application processing fees for non-petition based NIVs (except E category), will be raised from $160 to $185 (a 15.6 percent increase over the current fee).
- Application processing fees for H, L, O, P, Q, and R category NIVs, will be raised from $190 to $205 (a 7.9 percent increase over the current fee).
- Application processing fees for E category NIVs will be raised from $205 to $315 (a 53.7 percent increase over the current fee).
- Application processing fees for BCCs for Mexican citizens aged 15 and over will be raised from $160 to $185 (a 15.6 percent increase over the current fee).
- The fee for the J-1 exchange visitor waiver of two-year residency requirement will be maintained at $120 and will not increase at this time. .
Should you have any questions about these fee increases, or if you need assistance with a nonimmigrant visa application at a consular post, please do not hesitate to contact our offices.