The United States Embassy in Accra has announced plans to increase the fees for non-immigrant visas starting from May 30, 2023.
According to the embassy, fees for business and tourist travel (B1/B2 visas), international students (F visas), exchange visitor visas (J) and other visa classes that do not require a petition will increase from $160 to $185.
For petition-based nonimmigrant categories (H, L, O, P, Q, and R), the fee will rise to $205 from $190.
The embassy explained that the increase in fees is established by the Department of State in Washington and will apply to all US embassies and consulates globally.
It added that fees for new visa applications will only be affected from May 30, 2023. Applicants who pay the visa fee before that date and schedule an interview within 365 days of payment will not be affected.
However, applicants are required to schedule an appointment within 365 days. Nonimmigrant visa fees are set based on the actual cost of providing the services, the embassy explained.
“Fees for U.S. nonimmigrant visas will increase worldwide on May 30, 2023. The fee for B1/B2 visas for business and tourist travel, F visas for international students, J exchange visitor visas, and other visa classes not requiring a petition will increase to $185 (from $160). For petition-based nonimmigrant categories (H, L, O, P, Q, and R), the fee will increase to $205 (from $190). This fee increase is established by the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and will take effect equally at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world,” the embassy said in a statement.
“Applicants who pay the visa fee before May 30, 2023 and schedule an interview within 365 days of the day payment is made are not affected by this change. There is no requirement for the interview to actually occur during that 365-day period, applicants must just take the step of scheduling an appointment within 365 days”.