MANILA, Philippines – The fees for the processing of US visas will increase on June 4, 2010, the US Department of State announced.
“The US embassy in Manila will immediately begin collecting the new fees for appointments made for June 4 or later,” the US Department of State said.
The department said the increase for the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) will ensure sufficient resources to meet the increasing cost of processing non-immigrant visas.
It added that the new fee for US Tourist Visa (B1/B2 category), seafarer/crew visas (C1/D), student visas (F), and exchange visitor visas (J) will be $140 or the equivalent in pesos. The new MRV fee for work visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will be $150. Trader/investor visas (E) will rise to $390. US K1 visa and US K3 Visa will be $350. All other non-immigrant categories will be $140.
Applicants with appointment interview dates on or after June 4 will be required to pay the new fees. Those who are scheduled before June 4 will pay visa fees at the current rate of $131.
All applicants with an interview date of June 4 or later must pay the full MRV fee, even if they have already made an appointment and paid at the old rate of $131.
“The embassy requests that visa applicants who have already paid the MRV fee of $131 for an appointment scheduled after June 4 pay for the difference in fees at the same bank branch where they made the initial $131 payment,” it stated.
It further stated that applicants will not be allowed to enter the embassy for their scheduled interview unless the full MRV fee has been paid.
Source: ABS-CBN News