All US visa applicants applying in India may take note that the US Embassy and Consulates in India have adjusted the consular exchange rate from Rs.47 to the dollar to Rs.50 to the dollar. This new exchange rate, which became effective on September 19, 2011, is effective for all rupee-denominated costs of applying for visas and passports, including the nonimmigrant visa application fee paid at HDFC bank branches prior to the scheduling of visa appointments.
With this change, the new application fee for nonimmigrant visas has increased to Rs.7000 (equivalent to USD $140 for non-petition based visa categories) and to Rs.7500 (equivalent to USD $150 for petition based visa categories). However, receipts there were issued by HDFC Bank prior to September 19, 2011 and which are still not more than a year old, will be honored. Applicants are therefore advised to check the website of respective consulates to ascertain the exact fee payable, before paying the application fee at the appropriate HDFC bank branches.