Thursday, September 17, 2015

US Embassy announces changes in consular fees

The US Embassy in Manila on Wednesday announced some changes in the passport book fees and fees related to the relinquishment of nationality.

In a statement, the embassy said starting September 26, 2015, the Department of State is lowering the passport book application fee by $20 and raising the passport book security surcharge or enhanced border security fee by $20.

It said this is "to more accurately reflect the cost of each aspect of the passport book service."

However, the embassy said the amount paid by the customer for a passport book will not change.

In addition, effective November 9, 2015, the Department of State will also adjust the processing fee for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality to all US nationals seeking to document relinquishment of nationality.

"All such U.S. nationals will pay a $2,350 processing fee," the embassy said.

Separately, the Department is also decreasing the Border Crossing Card (BCC) fee for Mexican citizens under age 15 whose parent or guardian has applied or is applying for a border crossing card.

One of the special immigrant program surcharges (P.L. 113-42), which began on October 4, 2013, will sunset on October 4, 2015. At that time, the Border Crossing Card fee for Mexican citizens under age 15 will return to $16.

The fees for all other consular services, meanwhile, will remain the same, the embassy said.

Fee information can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, travel.state.gov, and on the websites of U.S. embassies and consulates. —KBK, GMA News 

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