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Proposed increase in non immigrant visa fees

Old Jan 2nd 2010, 4:35 pm
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Default Proposed increase in non immigrant visa fees

K1 to $350

B1/B2 to $140

http://www.travel.state.gov/news/press/press_4603.html
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Old Jan 2nd 2010, 5:30 pm
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Default Re: Proposed increase in non immigrant visa fees

Originally Posted by lansbury View Post
Well, one does have to say that the last increase in fees seem did seem to speed things up significantly. Or course, I don't want to fall into the post hoc fallacy...
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Old Jan 2nd 2010, 5:38 pm
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A consipiracy theorist might make the connection between ESTA implementation, increase in requirement for B visas, increase in fees....

I buy the rationale and agree with all of it except the K visa. The reason it take more resources to process is because it has to comply with immigrant processing, but they (incorrectly, according to some) require the same work to take place again in the AOS application.
K-1 Fiances pay for the same thing two times (including medical). It's the biggest scam in the system.
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Old Jan 2nd 2010, 6:09 pm
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£720 for UK citizenship. Trust rip off Britain!
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Old Jan 2nd 2010, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Ginblossom View Post
£720 for UK citizenship. Trust rip off Britain!
I bet if you could sell yours you'd think £720 was not enough...
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Old Jan 2nd 2010, 8:39 pm
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Default Re: Proposed increase in non immigrant visa fees

Originally Posted by Ginblossom View Post
£720 for UK citizenship. Trust rip off Britain!
Least it's quick...talking similar money in the US and by that point, you've probably paid to be put through the system multiple times already.

I could kind of see it if it actually sped things up, but it really doesn't and there's no accountability really.

Wonder how many more people look for help in the fees now though.
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I could kind of see it if it actually sped things up, but it really doesn't and there's no accountability really.
It's nothing to do with UK naturalization and nothing to do with how fast or slowly State issues visas.

US immigration is supposed to be cost-neutral to the taxpayer; the fees are supposed to cover the cost of the visa. (U.S. law requires the Department to attempt to recover the cost of processing non-immigrant visas through the collection of the application fees.)
Even if others are asking for fee waivers, surely *you* don't want to subsidize the cost of some other shmoe's visa?

"Because of ongoing process and security enhancements, the $131 fee set on January 1, 2008 is lower than the current, actual cost of processing non-immigrant visas."

"The proposed fees accurately reflect the processing costs incurred and regulations require full cost recovery through fees. "
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Originally Posted by Ginblossom View Post
£720 for UK citizenship. Trust rip off Britain!
Check Australia too.....on costs are so fing high.
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I bet if you could sell yours you'd think £720 was not enough...
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