Immigration Law

Advance Copy of DOS Interim Final Rule: Visa and Citizenship Services Fee Changes

"The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees. More specifically, the rule amends the application processing fees for two categories of petition-based nonimmigrant visas and the tiered application processing fees for immigrant visas. The rule also amends the security surcharge for immigrant visa services and the fees for certain immigrant visa services. Lastly, the rule raises the application processing fee for renunciation of U.S. citizenship and lowers the hourly consular officer time charge. The Department of State is adjusting the fees in light of the findings of a recent Cost of Service study to ensure that the fees for consular services better align with the costs of providing those services. DATES: This interim final rule becomes effective September 6, 2014. Written comments must be received on or before October 21, 2014." - FR Doc. 2014-20516 Filed 08/27/2014 at 8:45 am; Publication Date: 08/28/2014.