US passport services

Uncle Sam is picking the pockets of overseas Americans yet again, and this time wants much higher fees for many different Consular Services.
For the first time they are now adding a fee of $450 for renunciation of U.S. Citizenship! And the charge for providing a seal and certification for a legal document leaps from $70 to $450!!

By Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY, 30 June 2010.
 will cost more starting July 13.
Get that expiring passport renewed quickly: Charges for U.S. passports and visas for foreigners will rise July 13, the U.S. Department of State says.
That means the cost of a passport for an adult will go from $100 to $135, including a $25 administrative fee. Those under 16 will pay $105 with the fee, up from $85 now.
Passport cards, which can be used by Americans traveling by land or sea on trips to the non-U.S. parts of the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico will cost more, too. The new scale is $55 for an adult, up from $45; $40 for a minor, up from $35.
A complete list of the new fees is shown below.
A State Department news release says the higher fees stem from a study of how much it costs the Bureau of Consular Affairs to provide services and that the new fee scale will "cover actual operating expenses for the 301 overseas consular posts, 23 domestic passport agencies and other centers that provide these consular services to U.S. and foreign citizens."
Frequent travelers will also be hit by a new charge of $82 to add more pages to an existing passport for visas and stamps by immigration officers.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CPB) has issued a "know before you go" advisory for those traveling to Canada and back this week. It's a big travel time for the two countries, with Canada Day on Thursday and Fourth of July Sunday. U.S. citizens under 16 need only a birth certificate when traveling by land or sea; adults, a passport, a passport card, enhanced driver's license or membership in a "trusted traveler" program. For more info, see the CPB website.
What if you lose or forget the required documents and try to get back into the USA ? (That's always been a fear of mine.) You won't be turned away if your citizenship or legal residency can be established, says CPB spokeswoman Joanne Ferreira. You usually just wait longer while your identity is checked.
New Consular Fees in Effect on July 13, 2010
On June 28, 2010, the Department of State published its Schedule of Fees for Consular Services in the Federal Register.  The schedule includes fees for passports,immigrant visas and other consular services. The changes will take effect on July 13, 15 days after publication in the Federal Register. The revised fees will cover actual operating expenses for the 301 overseas consular posts, 23 domestic passport agencies and other centers that provide these consular services to U.S. and foreign citizens.
The 27 adjusted fees are based on a Cost of Service Study completed by the Bureau of Consular Affairs in June 2009.  The study, which was the most detailed and exhaustive ever conducted by the Department of State, established the true cost of providing these consular services, which by law must be recovered through collection of fees.
Under the new fee schedule, passport and other Consular fees are set as follows:
CURRENT FEENEW FEE Non-Immigrant Visa Fees* Nonimmigrant visa application$ 131.00$ 140.00           1.   H, L, O, P and R categories$ 131.00$ 150.00           2.   E Visas$ 131.00$ 390.00           3.   K Visa$ 131.00$ 350.00           4.   BCC Adult$ 131.00$ 140.00 Immigrant Visa Fees IV Application Processing Fee

          1.   Family-based immigrant visa$ 355.00$ 330.00 
          2.   Employment-based immigrant visa$ 355.00$ 720.00 
          3.   Other immigrant visas (SIVs, DVs, etc.)$ 355.00$ 305.00 IV Security Surcharge$   45.00$   74.00 Diversity Visa Lottery surcharge$  375.00$ 440.00 Domestic review of Affidavit of Support$    70.00$   88.00 Determining Returning Resident Status$  400.00$ 380.00 Passport Fees Passport Book - adult$ 100.00**$ 135.00** Passport Book - minor$  85.00**$ 105.00** Passport Book Renewal - Adult$ 75.00 $ 110.00 Additional passport visa pages-$  82.00 Passport Card - Adult$  45.00**$  55.00** Passport Card - Child$  35.00**$  40.00** Consular Report of Birth Abroad$  65.00$  100.00 Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship-$  450.00 File Search and Verification of U.S. Citizenship$  60.00$  150.00 Overseas Citizens Services Disposition/Shipment of Remains of a non-U.S. Citizen$265.00 + expenses$200.00 + expenses Documentary Services Notarials, Certifications of True Copies, Authentications, provision of Department of State records$ 30.00 (first),
20.00 (addt'l)$ 50.00 Judicial Services Processing Letters Rogatory & FSIA$ 735.00$ 2,275.00 Taking Depositions or Executing Commissions:

1.   Scheduling/Arranging Depositions$ 475.00$ 1,283.00 2.   Attending or Taking Depositions$ 265.00/hr + expenses$ 309.00/hr + expenses 3.   Swearing in Witnesses$ 265.00/hr + expenses$ 231.00/hr + expenses 4.   Supervising Telephone Depositions$ 265.00/hr + expenses$ 231.00/hr + expenses 5.   Providing Seal and Certification$ 70.00$ 415.00 Administrative Services Consular Time Charges (per hour)$ 265.00$ 231.00
*New NIV fees were instituted June 4, 2010.**This includes a $25 Execution fee not retained by Department of State.

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