US notifies increase in H1B and L1 Visa Fee: Indian IT firms to be affected severely

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that an additional fee upto $4000-$4500 will be charged for certain categories like the popular H-1B and L-1 visas after December 18th, 2015.

Referring to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, signed into law by US President Barack Obama on December 18, 2015, USCIS said the additional fees apply to petitioners who employ 50 or more employees in the US, with more than 50 per cent of those employees in H-1B or L (including L-1A and L-1B) non-immigrant status.

This fee is in addition to the base processing fee, Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee, American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 fee (when required), as well as the premium processing fee, if applicable.

This will remain effective through September 30, 2025, USCIS said.

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In a statement, USCIS warned that it will begin rejecting H-1B and L-1 visa petitions received on or after February 11, 2016, that do not carry the information required under the new law.

USCIS has also revised the necessary forms in this regard.

During the 30-day period immediately following this web alert, USCIS may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) to determine whether the additional fee applies to the petition.

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