The State Department increased both non-immigrant and immigrant visa fees for applicants of non-immigrant visa stamps (such as H-1B, L-1, O-1) and immigrant visas (permanent residence visas) at American Embassies and Consulates around the world. The increased fee for non-immigrant visas rose from $100 to $131, and the fee for immigrant visas increased by $20 per person.

The fee increase is based on the costs of systems already being used as well as the FBI's approved increase in its charge to the State Department of $20 per fingerprint for their work in providing records (security) clearances.