Drastic Increase in Visa Reciprocity Fees for Australian Nationals Applying for U.S. visas

By January 3, 2020December 2nd, 2020Immigration, News
Courtesy of PublicDomainPictures, labeled for reuse: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/pictures/160000/velka/american-flag-1459201553ppe.jpg

The amount of time an E-2 visa can be granted for and the cost of issuing said visa varies by country and depends on the agreement (the legal term is reciprocity) between the applicant’s country and the United States. Some countries, such as Egypt and Bangladesh, have reciprocity periods of as little as 3 months while other countries allow applicants to get an E-2 visa for up to 5 years. Visa fees are also based on reciprocity, that is if a country charges U.S. citizens $50 to receive a visa, then the U.S. will charge citizens of that country a similar amount for a U.S. visa.

Without notice and effective immediately on December 23, 2019, the State Department’s visa reciprocity fees for Australian citizens applying for U.S. visas was drastically increased. Below is a comparison between the current and previous fees:

E-1 Visas

  • New fee: $3574
  • Old fee: $105

E-2 Visas

  • New fee: $3574
  • Old fee: $105


  • New fee: $1295
  • Old fee: $105


  • New fee: $1295
  • Old fee: $105

L-1 (including blanket L and individual L)

  • New fee: $1790 (including the anti-fraud fee)
  • Old fee: $105


  • New fee: $1790
  • Old fee: $105

Visa reciprocity fees have to be paid for all applicants. Meaning if a family of 5 are applying for E-2 visas (1 main investor with an investor spouse and 3 investor children), would mean that the applicant must pay 5 times of $3574.

The visa validity period for E-1, E-2, H-1B, and H-4 visas have not changed. E-1 and E-2 visas are still valid for 48 months and H-1B and H-4 visas are still valid for 60 months. Visa validity for L-1 and L-2 visas have increased from 48 months to 60 months.

Issuance fees for E-3 visas have not changed, it’s still free and valid for 24 months. B-1 business visa and B-2 visitor visa fees have also decreased from $25 to free.

No warning was provided by the State Department of this increase. This is a response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, which requested that the U.S. Department of Sate undertake a worldwide review of reciprocity arrangements and to update any discrepancies. Reciprocity changing without warning is not uncommon, E-2 reciprocity for French nationals was decreased from 60 months to 15 months in August 2019. Visa validity for Pakistan nationals was also updated in March 2019.

You can set up a consultation by clicking the link below.


To find out more about our services and fees contact Scott Legal, P.C

This website and blog constitutes attorney advertising.  Do not consider anything in this website or blog legal advice and nothing in this website constitutes an attorney-client relationship being formed.  Set up a one-hour consultation with us before acting on anything you read here. Past results are no guarantee of future results and prior results do not imply or predict future results.  Each case is different and must be judged on its own merits.

Leave a Reply

Scott Legal Contact Form

Thank you for connecting with us.  We would be happy to assist you.  We would be happy to send you free information on a number of topics including Immigration Guides (E-1, E-2, L-1, H-1B, & TN), Videos, and Immigration Webinars.  We are a full service immigration law and business law firm and here to help.

Select list(s) to subscribe to

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Scott Legal, P.C., 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10016, http://www.legalservicesincorporated.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact