The anticipated cost increase for US student visas and other visa categories, which was initially slated to take effect on May 30 but has now been postponed, according to a recent update.
The new date for the implementation of the price hike is now set to take effect on June 17, 2023, as stated on the website of the US Embassy and Consulate in India. On March 28, 2023, an announcement on the price increase was first made public and published in the Federal Register.
There will be significant changes made to the visa costs that are required for various nonimmigrant visa categories beginning on June 17th, 2023. The charge for visiting visas for business or tourism, as well as the fee for other non-petition-based nonimmigrant visas (NIVs) such as student and exchange visitor visas, will be raised from the current amount of USD160 to USD185. The current fee for visitor visas for businesses or tourists is USD160.
The price will be up from US$190 to US$205 for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary employees who are subject to work restrictions.
In addition, people who are applying for treaty traders, treaty investors, or speciality professional visas will suffer a more significant rise in the costs associated with their applications. The application price for these types of visas, which is now fixed at USD205, will be increased to USD315.
Individuals who intend to apply for US student visas or other nonimmigrant visas will have a period of temporary respite as a result of the postponed fee increase. It gives applicants a longer period of time to submit their applications before the new costs take effect, which is a benefit. In addition, stakeholders who are engaged in the process of applying for a visa, such as educational institutions, exchange programs, and employers of temporary employees, have additional time to alter their financial plans in accordance with the new information.