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US visa fee changes.

Muscat Muscat, Maskat, or Masqat (all: mŭs`kăt, mŭs`kət), city (1993 pop. 533,774), capital of Oman, SE Arabia, on the Gulf of Oman. It is flanked by rugged mountains. : As per a new decision, the fee for most non-immigrant visa applications for US will increase while all immigrant visas processing fee will decrease, according to a press statement.

The US Department of State will adjust the visa processing fee from Friday. Tourist, business, transit, crew member, student, exchange visitor, and journalist visas will go up from $140 to $160; petition-based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) will increase from $150 to $190; treaty investor and trader visas will decrease from $390 to $270; and fiancEa (e) visa (K) will also decrease from $350 USD USD

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 to $240.

Because of a reallocation of costs associated with immigrant visas, all categories of immigrant visa processing fees will also decrease. Immediate relative and family preference applications will change from $330 to $230.

Also, while employment-based applications will decrease from $720 to $405, other immigrant visa applications will change from $305 to $220. Diversity visa applications will change from $440 to $330. Determining returning resident status will change from $380 to $275. The State Department is required to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing visas at all its embassies and consulates through the collection of application fee.

For a number of reasons, the current fee no longer covers the actual cost of processing non-immigrant visas.

The non-immigrant visa fee increase will support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand. Additional fee information may also be found on the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs The Bureau of Consular Affairs is a bureau of the United States Department of State within that department's management office. The mission of the Bureau is to administer laws, formulate regulations and implement policies relating to the broad range of consular services and  website, travel.state.gov, and on http://oman.usembassy.gov/

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Date:Apr 11, 2012
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