As reported in our firm's Immigration Update, dated December 10, 2007, effective January 1, 2007, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has increased the fee for nonimmigrant visa applications and immigrant visa applications. The new fee increase applies to nonimmigrant visa applications is $131.00. While the DOS’ previous Press Release did not mention an increase in the immigrant visa fee, the final regulations published on December 20, 2007 state that the immigrant visa fee is being increased by $20.00. The DOS is implementing the new fee schedule on an emergency basis to ensure that sufficient resources are available to meet the costs of processing nonimmigrant and immigrant visas. In January, the DOS is expected to pay the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for each fingerprint request which is checked against the FBI’s database. The DOS has decided to recover the full cost of processing nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications from applicants. According to the DOS’ previous Press Release, applicants who paid the $100 application fee prior to January 1, 2008 will be processed only if they appear for a nonimmigrant visa interview before January 31, 2008. If an applicant paid the $100 application fee and appears for a nonimmigrant visa interview after January 31st, the applicant will be required to pay the difference of $31 before he/she will be interviewed by the consulate.