USA increases citizen renunciation fees by 422%

Pretoria – The United States (US) Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has announced changes to fees in some of their consular services.

The fees for most categories of immigrant visas will change, while fees for non-immigrant visas largely remain the same.

The Bureau of Consular Affairs, which operates on a fee-for-services basis, says the increase seeks to recover, as far as possible, the cost of providing consular services through the collection of consular fees.

Although most categories of non-immigrant visa processing fees will remain the same, the fee for E-visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) will decrease and the fee for K visas, for fiancé(e)s of US citizens, will increase.

The fee charged for Border Crossing Cards for Mexican citizen minor applicants under the age of 15 will increase by $1.

For immigrant visa processing, the fee for family-sponsored immigrant visas will increase, as will the fee for domestic review of an Affidavit of Support.

All other immigrant and special visa processing fees that are changing will decrease.

Documenting a US citizen’s renunciation of citizenship is extremely costly, requiring US consular officers overseas to spend substantial amounts of time to accept, process, and adjudicate cases.

The fee for processing renunciation of citizenship, which had previously been subsidized, is now reflective of the true cost.

Non-immigrant Visa Processing Fees

Type of visa Previous Fee New Fee
Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E) $270 $205
Fiancé(e) visas (K) $240 $265
Border Crossing Card (under age 15) $15 $16

Immigrant Visa Processing Fees

Type of Visa Previous Fee New Fee
Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications $230 $325
Employment-Based Applications $405 $345
Other Immigrant Visa Applications $220 $205
Determining Returning Resident Status $275 $180
Waiver of Two-Year Residency Requirement $215 $120
Affidavit of Support Review (only when reviewed domestically) $88 $120

Citizens’ and Administrative Services

Type of Service Previous Fee New Fee
Renunciation of Citizenship $450 $2,350
Charge for Consular Time (for fee services performed outside of normal
business hours or away from the office)
$231 $135