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US Embassy Raises Visa Fees for Kenyan Travelers

Kenya may face an increase in fees for non-immigrant visas (NIV) from May 30, 2023. The United States Embassy has reviewed its visa fees around the world and has decided to impose slight increases on NIVs. The Embassy has stated that this hike in prices was caused by rising input costs associated with the services provided by consular sections across the globe.

Under the new cost schedule, visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s), student (F), and exchange visitor visas (J) will increase from Ksh.21,824 ($160) to Ksh.25,234 ($185). Additionally, certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers in the H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories will rise from Ksh.25,916 ($190) to Ksh.27,962 ($205).

For those seeking to acquire an E-category visa, such as treaty traders, treaty investors, and treaty applicants, the fee will increase significantly from Ksh.27,962 ($205) to Ksh.42,966 ($315).

However, those who paid their annual NIV fees before October 1, 2022, will not be affected by the increased fee. The receipts for NIV fees paid before October 1, 2022, will remain valid until September 30, 2023.

This change in visa fees will have a significant impact on Kenyans who frequently travel to the US for business, tourism, and study purposes. People planning to visit the US for the first time may also find the process to be more challenging and tedious.

With the increasing costs of providing consular services globally, it is possible that other countries may face similar prices hikes, leading to a significant impact on travelers and businesses around the world.

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