The DOS recently issued a proposed regulation to revise two fees in the J-1 exchange visitor program. The two fees are as follows:

  1. The Application Fee for Sponsor Designation or Redesignation is being proposed to be increased from $2,700.00 to $3,982.00.
  2. Administrative Fee for an Exchange Visitor Benefits seeking an administrative benefit (such as extension beyond a maximum duration, change of category, reinstatement and ECFMG sponsorship authorization) is being proposed to be increased from $233.00 to $367.00.

The DOS is currently only proposing the fee increases. Comments on the proposed fee increase are due by April 1, 2013. After the DOS reviews any comments, it will have to issue a final regulation before the fee increase becomes effective.