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Visas Fees

Proposed 2024 Increase In Visa Application Fees

The Biden administration is reviewing a plan to raise visa application fees for the first time since 2016. The proposal, which has drawn thousands of public comments, could see a 40% increase across the board, with most of the additional costs falling on companies sponsoring foreign workers. The proposal to increase visa application fees is under review by the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. No final decision has been made, and the administration could modify the plan based on public feedback.
The fee increase is intended to help offset the costs of processing visa applications. Some groups have argued that the increase is unfair and could harm the U.S. economy. Others support the increase, saying it is necessary to ensure the efficiency and integrity of the visa system.

Key Proposed Changes To Visa Application Fees

  • Pre-registration fee for H-1B visas:
    Up from $10 to $215. H-1B visas are commonly used by tech companies to hire skilled foreign workers.
  • General fee increases:
    All other visa categories would also see hikes, likely around 40%.

Potential Impacts Of Increases In Visa Application Fees

  • Businesses:
    Increased costs could discourage companies from hiring foreign workers, potentially impacting skilled labor shortages in some sectors.
  • Immigrants:
    Higher fees could create an additional barrier to entry for those seeking to come to the U.S.

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