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Old 10-24-2008, 01:53 PM
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Default atrocious visa charge by US consulate

US consulate in India revised the visa charge abruptly yesterday to 54 exchange rate.
Isnt this atrociuous?
The market rate is just 50.
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:55 PM
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US consulate in India revised the visa charge abruptly yesterday to 54 exchange rate.
Isnt this atrociuous?
The market rate is just 50.

This is just to avoid changing fees on daily basis. They always keep buffer when major corrections happen in the currency markets .Just imagine what will happen to applicants if they start charging fluctuating visa fees ( on daily basis ) as per currency fluctuations.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:11 PM
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US consulate in India revised the visa charge abruptly yesterday to 54 exchange rate.
Isnt this atrociuous?
The market rate is just 50.
When the $ value came to Rs.39, did you say "Atrocious"?

When the took out the visa application fee, did you say "Atrocious"?

When things are changing daily, they can not change the process the same way. They have to settle down, so they concentrate on issuing visas not working on how much to charge on that day.

This is definitely not "Atrocious", becuase visa applicants atleast have an idea of what money they should pay. They should not hear from the VO saying "Well, gentlman, today right now at 11 AM, the rate is Rs.50.45, and you got a draft for Rs.50.22 which is yesterday's rate, please come again with the right amount. That will be surely "Atrocious".
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:33 PM
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When the $ value came to Rs.39, did you say "Atrocious"?

When the took out the visa application fee, did you say "Atrocious"?

When things are changing daily, they can not change the process the same way. They have to settle down, so they concentrate on issuing visas not working on how much to charge on that day.

This is definitely not "Atrocious", becuase visa applicants atleast have an idea of what money they should pay. They should not hear from the VO saying "Well, gentlman, today right now at 11 AM, the rate is Rs.50.45, and you got a draft for Rs.50.22 which is yesterday's rate, please come again with the right amount. That will be surely "Atrocious".


Wow!!! the atrocious usage of the word "Atrocious". I like the sound of the word "atrocious" although not the meaning. But good points mentioned...thanks.
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:00 PM
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this is exactly what happened. without any warning, they changed the rate from 50 to 54 effective Oct 24. There was no warning even 1 day before the change. Somebody had gone with a HDFC draft on oct 24 to pay the visa fees but was shown the door as the rate had changed just that very day. this is great inconvenience for people coming from outside metros. Also, the HDFC banks where the fees are paid do not provide any draft facility themselves. there should be a warning of at least a week, I believe.

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When the $ value came to Rs.39, did you say "Atrocious"?

When the took out the visa application fee, did you say "Atrocious"?

When things are changing daily, they can not change the process the same way. They have to settle down, so they concentrate on issuing visas not working on how much to charge on that day.

This is definitely not "Atrocious", becuase visa applicants atleast have an idea of what money they should pay. They should not hear from the VO saying "Well, gentlman, today right now at 11 AM, the rate is Rs.50.45, and you got a draft for Rs.50.22 which is yesterday's rate, please come again with the right amount. That will be surely "Atrocious".
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:14 PM
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Default Agree on inconvenience part

I agree on inconvenience part. Rs 54 charge is not a big deal to anybody who is applying for US Visa. No body should cry about that.


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this is exactly what happened. without any warning, they changed the rate from 50 to 54 effective Oct 24. There was no warning even 1 day before the change. Somebody had gone with a HDFC draft on oct 24 to pay the visa fees but was shown the door as the rate had changed just that very day. this is great inconvenience for people coming from outside metros. Also, the HDFC banks where the fees are paid do not provide any draft facility themselves. there should be a warning of at least a week, I believe.
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this is exactly what happened. without any warning, they changed the rate from 50 to 54 effective Oct 24. There was no warning even 1 day before the change. Somebody had gone with a HDFC draft on oct 24 to pay the visa fees but was shown the door as the rate had changed just that very day. this is great inconvenience for people coming from outside metros. Also, the HDFC banks where the fees are paid do not provide any draft facility themselves. there should be a warning of at least a week, I believe.
Well, then it is "Atrocious"
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