Author: Biz India

Most US Non-Immigrant Visa Fees Increased / All Immigrant Visa Fees Decreased

Effective April 13, 2012, the Department of State adjusted visa processing fees. The fees for most nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards increased, while all immigrant visa processing fees decreasde. Although most categories of nonimmigrant visa processing fees increased, the fee for E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) and K visas (for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens) decreased. Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Fees w.e.f. April 13 2012 Type of Visa New Fee Tourist, Business, Transit, Crew Member, Student, Exchange Visitor, and Journalist visas $160 Petition-Based visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) $190 Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E) $270 Fiancé(e) visas (K) $240 Border Crossing Cards (age 15 and older) $160 Border Crossing Cards (under age 15) $15 Immigrant Visa Processing Fees w.e.f. April 13 2012 Type of Visa New Fee Immediate Relative and Family Preference Applications $230 Employment-Based Applications $405 Other Immigrant Visa Applications $220 Diversity Visa Program Fee $330 Determining Returning Resident Status $275 Fee information may also be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, www.travel.state.gov, and on the websites of U.S. Embassies and...

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Indian Prime Minister Says Poor and Needy Should Be ‘Shielded’ From Rising Price of Oil, Citing Government’s $7.8 Billion Subsidy in 2010-11

BATHINDA (PUNJAB): Despite key Congress allies opposing deregulation of diesel prices, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stressed on Saturday the need to ‘rationalize’ fuel prices as spiraling cost of international crude severely impacts India’s import bill. Inaugurating a nine-million ton a year refinery here, Singh said imports account for about 80% of India’s crude supplies and “we need to rationalize prices and at the same time ensure that the poor and needy are shielded from the effects of such rationalization.” Despite his caveat on protecting the vulnerable, Singh’s remarks point to likely increases in petrol and diesel prices if he does bite the bullet, despite the Nationalist Congress Party and the Trinamool Congress the “in principle” decision to deregulate diesel prices. The voluble allies have promised to protest the move with the  NCP planning rallies inDelhi and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee instructing party members of parliament (MPs) to voice the party’s opposition. Trinamool parliamentary party leader Sudip Bandhopadhyay has said the party will not support diesel price deregulation. Fuel subsidy accounted for 3.4% of government spending amounting to Rs 41,000 crore (US$7.8 billion) in 2010-11, and the forecast for international crude prices indicates costs will remain high. Under recoveries of oil companies amounted to Rs 138,406 crore (US$26.3 billion) in the financial year 2011-12. With the government straining to control the fiscal deficit, the pressure to increase fuel prices is...

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