The U.S. Department of State announced February
10 new fees for a variety of consular services performed
at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.
The following media note explains the new
fees to take effect March 8:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
February 10, 2005
Revision of Schedule of Fees for Consular
The U.S. Department of State has revised
the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services. The new schedule
will be effective March 8, 2005, at which time the fees
for certain services provided by the Department of State
and by U.S. embassies and consulates abroad will change.
The Department is required by law and regulation
to recover the actual costs of providing most consular services
through user fees. To comply, the fees for consular services
are adjusted periodically following cost-of-service studies
conducted by independent contractor under the supervision
of the Department. The last major revision of the Schedule
of Fees was in 2002.
The revised Schedule of Fees for Consular
Services also reflects new surcharges authorized in the
2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
Recovering the actual cost of providing
consular services is essential to maintaining and improving
high-quality customer service, utilizing advances in information
technology and enhancing the security features of the consular
function of border security.
The Schedule of Fees for Consular Services
revisions resulting from the recent cost-of service study
-- An increase in the Diversity Visa (DV)
Lottery surcharge for diversity immigrant visa applications
from $100 to $375;
-- An increase in the passport file search
fee from $45 to $60; and,
-- A reduction in the fee charged for issuance
of a transportation letter for Legal Permanent Resident
Aliens (LPRA) to reenter the U.S. from abroad from $300
Additional revisions in the new Schedule
of Fees resulting from the 2005 Consolidated Appropriations
Act and include:
-- A surcharge of $12 to be added to current
-- A surcharge of $45 to be added to the
current fees for immigrant visas; and,
-- A $500 "fraud prevention and detection
fee" for persons applying for L-1 visas under "blanket"
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005
also mandated a "fraud prevention and detection fee"
to be charged for H-1B and L-1 principal applicants at time
of petition filing or change of employer. These fees are
not reflected in the new Schedule of Fees for Consular Services,
as they will be collected by the Department of Homeland