US Visa Fees To Increase: Embassy Discloses 30% Hike in Fees For Non-Immigrants By May 30

US Visa Fees To Increase: Embassy Discloses 30% Hike in Fees For Non-Immigrants By May 30

  • Visa applicants at the US embassy in Accra will be required to pay 30% more in fees
  • The new visa fee regime takes effect from May 30, 2023, and categories B1/B2s, H, L, O, P, Q, and R will be affected
  • visa applicants who pay their fees before May 30 and schedule an interview within 365 days of the day of payment will not be affected

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The US embassy in Accra and elsewhere across the globe will soon being to increase American visa fees for non-immigrants by 30% starting from May 30, 2023.

In a statement attributed to the US Department of State, it is explained that the application fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s), and other non-petition-based NIVs, such as student and exchange visitor visas, has increased from $160 to $185.

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The application fee for certain petition-based non-immigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will be increased to $205 from $190.

US visa fees to increase by 30% from May 30
Creative images of the US passport and visa. Source: Getty Images.
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Visa fee changes to take effect worldwide

The new visa fee regime will take effect equally at all U.S. embassies and consulates across the world.

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Meanwhile, it has been explained that visa applicants who pay their fees before May 30, 2023, and schedule an interview within 365 days of the day of payment will not be affected.

Passport offices choked by over 30,000 uncollected passports

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported that Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has appealed to members of the public who have applied for passports to come for them.

The ministry said in a press statement issued on January 30, 2023, that there are over 30,000 completed but uncollected passports at the various Passport Application Centres.

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The foreign affairs ministry said it is important for the books to be collected because they would be required during a renewal.

Nigerian man jailed in Ghana for illegal attempts to acquire a Ghanaian passport

Also, in a separate story, YEN.com.gh reported that a Nigerian man was jailed in Ghana in January this year for attempting to acquire a Ghanaian passport with fake documents on two occasions.

Peter Michael Ifeanyi said he was a Ghanaian named Peter Yaw Asare, but passport office officials suspected that he was not Ghanaian.

After interrogating his documents further, immigration officials found that he had been arrested in the past for the same offence and was jailed for 450 days by a circuit court.

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George Nyavor (Head of Politics and Current Affairs Desk) George Nyavor writes for YEN.com.gh. He has been Head of the Politics and Current Affairs Desk since 2022. George has over 9 years of experience in managing media and communications (Myjoyonline and GhanaWeb). George is a member of the Catholic Association of Media Practitioners Ghana (CAMP-G). He obtained a BA in Communications Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 2010. Reach out to him via george.nyavor@yen.com.gh.

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