US Consul General Mark McGovern made the announcement as the US Embassy posted also the announcement on the embassy website.
“But the good news is that visas for Philippine nationals are good for 10 years so you just pay once and that $185 means you carry a visa for $18.50 per year,” McGovern said, stressing that immigrant visas will not be increased.
With more than 4.5 million Filipinos in the US, the US Embassy in Manila is one of the busiest on consular services, entertaining at least 2,000 visa applicants every day. Thus, it is also collecting one of the biggest revenues from the US visa fees.
Here’s the US Embassy announcement on the US visa fees:
The application fee for visitor visas for temporary business or tourism (B1/B2s) and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas, has increased from $160 to $185. The application fee for certain petition-based NIVs for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) has increased from $190 to $205. The application fee for a treaty trader or treaty investor (E category) visa applicant has increased from $205 to $315.
Other consular fees remain the same, including the waiver of the two-year residency required fee for certain exchange visitors. Applicants who have already paid a visa application fee that is currently valid and non-expired, but who have not yet appeared for their visa interview or are waiting for their case to be processed, will not be charged additional fees as a result of this fee increase.”