The US embassy in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, on Thursday announced increase in nonimmigrant visa fees.
Abigail M. Rupp, US Embassy Consular Section chief, said the increase in visa application fees is due to increases in actual consular operating expenses.
She said US law requires the Department of State to attempt to recover the cost of processing nonimmigrant visas through the collection of the application fees.
The chief said several key changes in the nonimmigrant visa application process will be effective as of June 2010.
She announced the embassy signed expanded fee collection and passport return partnership with the Bank of Abyssinia.
According to her, beginning June 4, customers may pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee and collect their visa and passport at any branch of Bank of Abyssinia in Addis Ababa.
Applicants will be expected to pay a fee of about 3.7 US dollars per passport to arrange delivery of the passport and visa at a convenient Bank of Abyssinia location, she said.
For all nonimmigrant visa appointments scheduled on or after June 4, 2010, the US Department of State will increase fees for nonimmigrant visa applications, she confirmed.
The chief said applicants for all visas that are not petition- based, including tourist and business visitor visas and all student and exchange-visitor visas, should expect to pay 140 dollars.
Applicants for petition-based visas will pay an application fee of 150 US dollars, and fiancées of US citizens should expect to pay an application fee of 350 US dollars, the chief said.
According to the chief, beginning on June 1, 2010, all nonimmigrant visa applicants are required to use the new DS-160 web-based nonimmigrant visa application.
The new DS-160 form is an interactive form that applicants submit to the consular section via the Internet, she said.