U.S. Raises Fees For Visa Application
The cost for foreign tourists, students and business travelers aiming to enter the United States is on the rise. Starting Jan. 1, the application process for nonimmigrant visas costs $131, up from the present $100 fee, the U.S. State Department announced.
“Because of new security-related costs, new information technology systems, and inflation, the $100 … fee is lower than the actual cost of processing nonimmigrant visas,” it said in a statement.
It’s the first time since November 2002 that the United States has increased the fee, which according to the State Department is largely necessary to cover enhanced technology, such as complete fingerprinting.
The price hike will not apply to immigrant visa applicants or to citizens of the 27 countries in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, unless they seek permission to enter the United States for longer than 90 days.
For more information check the Web site for U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica, http://sanjose.usembassy.gov.
You may be interested
Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past weekThe Tico Times - May 21, 2018
Newly inaugurated Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is closing in on two weeks on the job. Here are some of…
PHOTOS: International Museum Day in Costa RicaMitzi Stark - May 21, 2018
May 18 is International Museum Day, and Costa Rica celebrated with 31 mini-museums all in one at the Casa del…
Costa Rica, Panama refuse to acknowledge Venezuelan election resultsAFP - May 21, 2018
Costa Rica and Panama were two of 14 countries in the Americas to announce they would not acknowledge the results…