Proposed Changes to Consular Fees
The Department of State has proposed changing the fees
that you pay for services at the Consulate. According to the proposal, some
fees will go up, while others will go down.
WHY? The last major update of the Schedule of Fees was in
2005, and the Department performed a new cost of service study in June 2009.
The proposed changes to the fee schedule reflect more
accurately the true cost of doing business.
This way, services of direct benefit to individuals,
organizations, or groups are paid for by the users rather than by taxpayers
HOW MUCH? How these changes will affect our most popular
services at the Consulate: The cost of notarial services, including
affidavits and certifications, will increase from $30 to $50 per seal.
The security surcharge for both adult and minor
passports will increase from $20 to $40 to cover the costs of increased
border security, which includes enhanced biometric features in the document.
• The total charge for a first-time passport book for an
adult, including the application fee, security surcharge, and execution fee,
will increase from $100 to $135.
• The total charge for an adult passport book renewal,
including the application fee and security surcharge, will increase from $75
• The total charge for a minor passport book (age 16 and
including the application fee, security surcharge and
execution fee, will increase from $85 to $105.
There will now be a fee for adding visa pages to
existing passport books. • Adding visa pages to an existing passport book
requires nearly the same resources as a new passport book. The study found
that the cost of the pages themselves, having the pages placed in the book
in a secure manner by trained personnel, and completing the required
security checks costs the U.S. Government $82.48. The Department will charge
$82 for this service.
The cost of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), for
children born in Thailand to U.S. citizens, will increase from $65 to $100.
For full details of the proposed changes, see: http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#
WHEN? The Department of State is accepting comments on
these proposals until April 8. After that, the Department will announce a
deadline for us to introduce the fee changes. When that happens, we will
send another email to all registered Americans to alert you the change.
I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THESE CHANGES… You may
send comments to [email protected] gov. Be sure to include this number in the
subject line of your message: RIN 1400-AC58.
WHAT ABOUT VISA FEES? The Department also has proposed
increasing the application fee for most types of non-immigrant visas from
$131 to $140. If you have a Thai friend or spouse who will be traveling to
the U.S. soon, this proposal will affect him or her.
Full details are available at:http://www.regulations .gov/search/Regs/home.
Concerned American citizen