US consulate announces hike in service fees

New Delhi, Nov 18 | Updated: Nov 19 2005, 05:30am hrs
The US consular sections in India announced on Friday a hike in their service fees following recent depreciation in rupee value against the dollar.

According to an official release, effective November 16, the exchange rate would be adjusted from Rs 44 to Rs 46 to the dollar.

Following this, the revised fee for non-immigrant visa application fee would be Rs 4, 600 ($100) and the visa issuance fee Rs 2, 300 ($50).The visa issuance fee, however, would exclude students, exchange visitors, transit and crewmen.

The L-1 (fraud prevention fees for blanket petitions) would be Rs 23, 000 ($500), immigrant visa fee Rs 15, 410 ($335) and returning resident visa application fee Rs 18, 400 ($400), the release added.