US Visa Thailand: US Embassy Announces Fee Increase

by admin on June 10, 2010

The US Department of State has announced a fee increase for Nonimmigrant Visa applications, which includes the K1 Visa Thailand and K3 Visa Thailand, effective 4 June, 2010.  The fee increase is related to the new Machine Readable Visa (MRV) process, whereby all Thai US visa applicants attending the visa interview are now required to show a receipt for the MRV application fee.  Consequently, there is no longer a single fee for non immigrant US visas. 

The US Embassy in Bangkok has recommended that if one is not sure which visa category requires the MRV application fee, to pay the Thai baht equivalent of US140, and the Embassy will determine the correct fee at the visa appointment and how to pay the difference.  Their press release goes on to say: “Only those individuals instructed by a consular officer not to pay are exempt from paying the non-refundable MRV application fee”. 

The MRV visa application fee can be paid at Thai post offices.  The US Embassy will not allow applicants to pay the fee at the US Embassy Consular Section. 

Below are the nonimmigrant MRV Visa Application Fees:

Category   Fee (per person)
(a) Non-petition-based nonimmigrant visa (except E category), including B, F, J, etc.   US$140
     
(b) H, L, O, P, Q and R
category nonimmigrant visa
  US$150
     
(c) E category nonimmigrant visa   US$390
     
(d) K category nonimmigrant visa   US$350

Thais that have been sponsored by a US citizen and are applying for the K1 Visa Thailand, K2 Visa Thailand, K3 Visa Thailand, and K4 visa Thailand must now pay US $350. 

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