Department of State: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates
GAO-12-702R: May 10, 2012
GAO reviewed the Department of State's (State) new rule on schedule of fees for consular services, Department of State and overseas embassies and consulates. GAO found that (1) what the interim final rule amends the Schedule of Fees for consular services (Schedule) for nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, border crossing card application processing fees, and immigrant visa application processing fees. The rule increases from $140 to $160 the fee charged for the processing of an application for most non-petition-based nonimmigrant visas (Machine-Readable Visas or MRVs) and Border Crossing Cards (BCCs) for Mexican citizens age 15 and over. The rule also provides amended application processing fees for certain categories of petition-based nonimmigrant visas and treaty trader and investor visas (all of which are also MRVs), as well as amended tiered application processing fees for immigrant visas. Finally, the rule increases from $14 to $15 the BCC fee charged to Mexican citizen minors who apply in Mexico, and whose parent or guardian already has a BCC or is applying for one, based on a congressionally mandated surcharge that took effect since the last adjustment to the Schedule of Fees; and (2) State complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.