The Department of State (DOS) has raised the Machine Readable Visa fee (MRV) and the Border Crossing Card (BCC) fee, effective June 4, 2010. The MRV for all nonimmigrant visa types prior to June 4, 2010 was $131. The interim final rule implements for the first time a tiered fee structure that distinguishes between the fee charged for different kinds of nonimmigrant visas, as shown below. The interim rule was made final without change on December 6, 2011.

Tiered MRV fees effective, June 4, 2010:

  • H, L, O, P, Q and R: $150
  • E: $390
  • K: $350

MRV fee for all other nonimmigrant visas, effective June 4, 2010:

  • $140

Fees for Mexican citizens applying for a BCC, effective June 4, 2010:

  • Age 15 and over: $140
  • Under age 15: $14

The above fees are effective June 4, 2010, but since it is an interim final rule, DOS will continue to accept comments from the public until July 19, 2010.