31% fee hike on US non-immigrant visa

United States is hiking the visa fee for US non-immigrant visa by 31 percent, which will take the cost from $100 to $131. The hike was justified as being necessary for covering the cost of consular operations. The increase goes into effect for US visas starting January 1, 2008.

Applicants who have a $100 receipt but could not schedule an appointment before January 31st will have to deposit a $31 non-refundable demand draft. The media notification justified the hike by stating, “This increase allows the Department of State to recover the costs of security and other enhancements to the non-immigrant visa application process.”

The hike comes in the heels of the domestic inflation in India as well as the new ten-finger print checking system and other infrastructural enhancements that the US embassy is implementing.