Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa announces several key changes in the nonimmigrant visa application process effective June 2010.
The Embassy is pleased to announce an expanded fee collection and passport return partnership with the Bank of Abyssinia. Beginning June 4, customers may pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee and collect their visa and passport at any branch of Bank of Abyssinia in Addis Ababa. Applicants will be expected to pay a fee of 50 ETB per passport to arrange delivery of the passport and visa at a convenient Bank of Abyssinia location.
For all nonimmigrant visa appointments scheduled on or after June 4, 2010, the U.S. Department of State will increase fees for nonimmigrant visa applications. Applicants for all visas that are not petition-based, including tourist and business visitor visas and all student and exchange-visitor visas, should expect to pay $140. Applicants for petition-based visas will pay an application fee of $150, and fiancées of U.S. citizens should expect to pay an application fee of $350.
For more information please visit www.travel.state.gov.
The increase in visa application fees is due to increases in actual consular operating expenses for U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad, and other centers that provide consular services to both U.S and foreign citizens. U.S. law requires the Department to attempt to recover the cost of processing non-immigrant visas through the collection of the application fees.
Also beginning on June 1, 2010, all nonimmigrant visa applicants are required to use the new DS-160 web-based nonimmigrant visa application. The new DS-160 form is an interactive form that applicants submit to the Consular Section via the Internet. For more information on how to apply, please visit http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov.
Source: US embassy