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June 5, 2023

New Visa Application Fees Effective June 17, 2023

Summary: Visa application fees for some kinds of visas are increasing.  For most travelers to the United States going for business or tourism, the current visa application fee is $160.  If you pay your visa application fee on or after June 17, 2023, the new fee will be $185.  If you pay your visa application fee before this date, you will not need to pay the difference, even if your interview date is on or after June 17.  If you live in Iraq but not in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, note that Embassy Baghdad is now open for visa applicants!


Details: We are committed to facilitating legitimate travel to the United States for all travelers.  Visas for work and tourism are essential to U.S. foreign policy, and we recognize the critical role international travel plays in the U.S. economy. 


On June 17, 2023, the application fee for most visitor visas, including business or tourism (B1/B2s), and non-petition-based visitor visas such as student and exchange visitor visas (F-1, J-1, M-1), will increase from $160 to $185. The fee for petition-based visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will increase from $190 to $205.  Applicants who have already paid the application fee and have a valid, non-expired receipt on their interview date will not have to pay any additional application fees. 


We set visa application fees based on the actual cost of providing consular services, which we determined based on an annual study of the cost of these services.  The last time that any visa fees were increased was in 2014.  We are increasing some visa fees by a small amount to reflect the rise in costs over the past decade.  Other consular fees are not changing.


The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is now open for visa applicants, and our visa sections in Baghdad and Erbil have plans and staff in place to address long visa wait times.  You can find more information about visa fees on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, http://travel.state.gov, and on our website.