Nigerians wishing to travel to the United States would have less to worry about visa processing as the United States Department of State says it has reduced its Diversity Visa Programme fee as part of plans to adjust visa processing fees effective April 13, 2012.
The State Department, which gave the hint in a statement in Abuja, said Diversity Visa Program Fee, which was $440 would be cut by $110 to $330.
The reduction in cost, which is attributed to a reallocation of costs associated with immigrant visas, would affect all categories of immigrant visa processing fees, including Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications and Employment-Based Applications.
The former, which was $330, would now be $230, while the latter, which was $720, would now attract a fee of $405.
Visas that fall under Other Immigrant Visa Applications would now attract $220 fees against the former fee of $305, while the Determining Returning Resident Status would now be $275 against $380.
The department, however, stated that though most categories of non-immigrant visa processing fees would increase, the fee for E-visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) and K-visas (for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens) would decrease.
The visa fee increase would affect tourist, business, transit, crew member, student, exchange visitor, and journalist visas, which would increase from $140 to $160.
Petition-based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) would increase from $150 to $190, while Border Crossing Cards (age 15 and older) would increase from $140 to $160, and Border Crossing Cards (under age 15) would increase from $14 to $15.
However, Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E) would decrease from $390 to $270 and Fiancé(e) visas (K) would also decrease from $350 to $240.
It stated that the reason for the visa review is to recover the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees.
“The current fees no longer cover the actual cost of processing non-immigrant visas,” the statement 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 last time the United States Department of State adjusted visa processing fees was in 2010.