VFS has announced that effective Monday 23, 2012, all United States Consular Sections in India will adjust the consular exchange rate from INR 51 to the dollar to INR 54 to the dollar. This rate of change 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.
The new application fee for nonimmigrant visas is INR 8640 (equivalent to USD $160 for non-petition based visa categories like B-1, F-1 etc.) and INR 10260 (equivalent to USD $190 for petition based visa categories like H-1, L-1 etc.).
VFS has also announced that receipts issued by HDFC Bank prior to April 23, 2012 and 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.