New Visa Fees Take Effect Today

The new visa fees take effect today, June 4, according to the interim final rule published in the Federal Register.

(22 CFR Part 22 | [Public Notice: 7018] RIN 1400–AC57
Schedule of Fees for Consular Services Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates
AGENCY: Bureau of Consular Affairs, State.
ACTION: Interim final rule.

To summarize quickly:

  • Most NIVs and adult BCCs: $140
  • Petition-based NIVs (H,L,O,P,Q,R): $150
  • K category: $350
  • E category: $390

Read more below, it’s quite interesting for nerdy bits like me:

According to the published rule, the Department contracted for an independent cost of service study (CoSS), which used an activity-based costing model from August 2007 through June 2009 to provide the basis for updating the Schedule. The results of that study are the foundation of the current changes to the Schedule. The CoSS concluded that the average cost to the U.S. Government of accepting, processing, adjudicating, and
issuing a non-petition-based MRV application, including an application for a BCC, is approximately $136.93 for Fiscal Year 2010.

I understand that interested folks are still looking for that Cost of Service Study (CoSS) document which has not been released publicly. I think this is exactly the kind of stuff that means something in terms of transparency when shared with the public, especially during the public comment period.

Check out the official Fees for Visa page at travel.state.gov at
http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1263.html


Somebody obviously misplaced a brain here, please find it quickly!

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Gary Pfleider who was a soldier with the Oregon National Guard was in a truck on patrol in Iraq in 2007 when a bullet tore through his left leg. The Daily Weekly says that Pfleider flew back to the states and recuperated at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. One-third of the muscle in his leg is gone and he’ll have to wear a brace for the rest of his life.

Then the Army sent Pfleider a bill for more than $3,000. “Technically, the clothes and weapons his unit had to leave behind after he got shot were the responsibility of his commanding officers.” Apparently, our feds are already docking Pfleider’s social security and has put a freeze on his tax returns. “Making it even more difficult for him to mentally prepare for an upcoming surgery on his leg, the ninth one he’s undergone since getting shot.”

Now, that is idiotic, says my housemate who spent many years in the Army. Somebody in his command should have taken care of those gears when he was wounded.    

The paper says that altruistic strangers are reaching out to Pfleider and offering to cover his expenses but the former soldier has something to say:

“I appreciate the offers, but that’s not the issue. I want a response back from the military. I want them to admit they are wrong. I want it known that vets are not going to stand for it and be treated the way we’re being treated.”

Continue reading, Soldier Gary Pfleider Shot By Sniper, Billed By U.S. Army.

Somebody obviously misplaced a brain here, let’s help them find it quickly!  Help one soldier at a time. Write to the top of the Army chain (sorry, DOD does not provide the email addresses of their top guys):

The Honorable John McHugh
Secretary of the Army
1400 Defense Pentagon
Washington DC 20301-1400

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