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Valentine’s day gift for Indians, U.S. adjusts consular exchange rate
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Effective Monday February 14, 2005, the United States consular sections in India will adjust the consular exchange rate from US$1 = Rs. 46 to US$1 = Rs. 44, reducing rupee denominated costs of applying for visas, passports, and other consular services at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates General. The February 14 adjustment in exchange rate will lower the rupee price of all consular transactions, including services for American citizens.

The $100.00 visa application fee will require a bank or demand draft made out to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General where the person is applying. Applicants for visas that require an issuance fee should also submit a second draft made out to the Embassy or Consulate General. Applicants for student, exchange visitor, transit and crewman visas do not need to submit this second bank draft. Please note that only bank drafts for the exact amount required on the day an application is submitted may be accepted.

New Fees

Non-immigrant visa application processing fee: Rs. 4,400.00

Non-immigrant visa issuance fee: Rs. 2,200 (for B, H, I, L, N, O, P, Q, R, S, and T visa categories).

U.S. passport applications, children under 16: US$ 70 or Rs. 3,080.

U.S. passport applications, adult renewals: US$55 or Rs. 2420.

U.S. passport applications, adult lost/stolen/etc.: US$85 or Rs. 3740.

Notary seal: US$30 or Rs. 1,320.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General encourage all applicants to fill their applications out online to speed processing at the time of interview. Visa applicants should also be prepared with un-mounted, passport-style, full-face color photos with a white background. The pictures should be no more than six months old and should measure between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the photo to the top of the head, or a total area of 2 inch x 2 inch (5cm x 5cm).

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