AIT to increase processing fees for non-immigrant visas

The China Post

By Joseph Yeh–The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday announced that the non-immigrant visa application processing fee in most categories will rise worldwide to cover the increasing costs. The increase will take effect on April 13, the AIT said in a statement yesterday. Under the new schedule of fees, applicants for all visas that are not petition-based, including tourist and business visitor (B1/B2) visas and all student and exchange visitor (F, M and J) visas, will pay a fee of US$160 (NT$4,960) instead of US$140 (NT$4,340).

Applicants for petition-based visas will now pay an application fee of US$190 instead of US$150.

These visa categories include H (for temporary workers and trainees), L (for intra-company transferees), O (for aliens with extraordinary ability), P (for athletes, artists and entertainers), Q (for international cultural exchange visitors) and R (for religious occupations). At the same time, the application fee for K visas (for those engaged to marry U.S. citizens) will be reduced from US$350 to US$240. All immigrant visa processing fees will decrease, the AIT said. “The non-immigrant visa fee increase will support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand,” the AIT said.