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Visas to the U.S.

This information is provided to those needing visas to travel to the United States of America.

If your visit to the United States is for vacation, business, study, transit, or for other temporary purposes, please read about Non-Immigrant Visas.

Due to the high level of interest in traveling to the United States, non-immigrant visa applicants are encouraged to start the process early, at least one month before planned travel.  It may take several weeks for a non-immigrant visa appointment.  During the summer, it may take more than one month to obtain a non-immigrant visa appointment.

If you are planning to immigrate or are in the process of immigrating to the United States, please read about Immigrant Visas.

Visa processing fees

The Department is required to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees.  Many visa fees increased in Apr 2012 to cover the actual cost of processing nonimmigrant visas and support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand.

Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Fees

Type of Visa

Fee in

U.S. Dollars

Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student, Exchange Visitor, and Journalist visas


Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R)


Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E)


Fiancé(e) visas (K)


Border Crossing Cards (age 15 and older)


Border Crossing Cards (under age 15)


  Immigrant Visa Processing Fees

Type of Visa

Fee in U.S. Dollars

Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications


Employment-Based Applications


Other Immigrant Visa Applications


Diversity Visa Program Fee


Determining Returning Resident Status




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