US embassy in Kuwait increases fees for delivering consular services

July 7, 2010
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The US embassy in Kuwait will next Tuesday increase its fees for delivering consular services.

The new fees “will help cover emergency services, including assistance to US citizens who have been victims of crime, assistance provided after the death of a US citizen, and visits to US citizens in overseas prisons,” the embassy said. “The services also include organizing the evacuation of US citizens affected by war or natural disaster in a foreign country, such as victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.”

Processing fee for adult passport applications will go up from $ 55 to $ 70; the passport book security surcharge will change from $ 20 to $ 40; the application fee for passport cards will increase, from $ 20 to $ 30 for adults, and from $ 10 to $ 15 for minors; a new fee of $ 82 for additional passport pages will be imposed; and the fee for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad will change from $ 65 to $ 100, the embassy said.

Immigrant visa (IV) application fee, which must be collected from all IV applicants who are not fee-exempt, will now be tiered. The new fees will be $ 330 for immediate relative and family preference cases, $ 720 for employment-based cases, and $ 305 for other cases (special IVs, Diversity Visas (DVs), self-petitioned cases, and all other IVs).

The IV security surcharge, which must be collected from all IV applicants who are not fee-exempt, will increase from $ 45 to $ 74.

The DV fee, charged in addition to the application processing fee and security surcharge, will change from $ 375 to $ 440.

The fee for determining returning resident status is decreasing from $ 400 to $ 380.

Notarial and authentication services, now ranging between $ 20 and $ 30, will all be $ 50.

         

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