The DOS recently published a proposed rule to increase the nonimmigrant visa application fees. The proposed rule would establish a tiered structure with separate fees based upon the visa category. For example, the nonimmigrant visa fee for a B-1/B-2 visa, would increase from $131 to $140. However, a H, L, O, P, Q, or R visa would increase from $131 to $150. The DOS stated that the new tiered fee structure was created to cover the higher cost for processing certain categories of nonimmigrant visas that require more in-depth consideration than other categories. The proposed rule will not become effective until the DOS publishes a second, final rule later this year.