New visa prices in the United States: How much will it cost to enter the country from May?
Are you or someone you know thinking of applying for a visa for the USA? Here are the new prices for how much will it cost to enter the country now.
Year after year, the United States issues millions of visas to foreigners so they can access its territory, with the business visas (B-1) and tourists (B-2) being the most common.
According to official figures from the US State Department, in 2019 the government issued well over 5 million type B-1 and B-2 visas. In 2020, the number decreased to more than 2 million visas due to the covid-19 pandemic, which, although that represents a considerable drop, the truth is, all things considered, that it continues to be a substatial number.
To request your visa, either type B-1 or B-2; You will have to demonstrate your intentions to enter the United States temporarily. For this you will be asked a series of economic and social data to guarantee that you have the necessary resources to cover the expenses of your trip, as well as the return to your country of origin.
How to apply for the B-1 or B-2 visa for the United States?
The first requirement is to have a valid passport. Later, you must fill out the application form DS-160 which will take you approximately 90 minutes. This document is extremely important since it they will ask you for personal information, including your education and work, information about your family members and travel companions, and your itinerary. In addition, they will ask you various security questions.
Once you finish filling out the form, you will have to print the confirmation sheet with the barcode, pay the cost of processing and schedule an appointment at an embassy or consulate.
New visa prices in the United States: How much will it cost to enter the country starting May?
Currently, the cost of a B1 or B2 visa is $160 dollars with a validity of 10 years. However, the Department of State has modified its prices, increasing the cost of processing to $185 dollars as of May 30.
The cost for children under 15 years of age drastically decreases to $15 dollars, for a visa that will expire in 10 years or when the minor turns 15.
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What next after paying the process?
The next step is to schedule an appointment at the Applicant Service Center (ASC), where your biometrics (photo and fingerprints) will be taken and then a consular appointment.
On the day of your appointment, you must bring your valid passport, the DS-160 application confirmation page with barcode and the payment receipt for the procedure. In the case of visas for minors under 15 years of age, parents must bring a recent photograph - not older than six months - of the minor in question.
If your visa is approved, the document will be delivered to you via post within 3-4 weeks.