WASHINGTON — The cost for most foreign tourists, students and businesspeople to come to the United States is going up.

The State Department announced Thursday that it will increase the application fee for nonimmigrant visas by more than 30 percent, from $100 to $131, on Jan. 1 to pay for increased processing costs and security enhancements implemented since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The department is required by law to cover the cost of the additional procedures, including more complete fingerprinting of applicants, through the fee.