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News: H1B Fee will Increase by USD 4000.00 and L1 by USD 4500.00

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posted Dec 18, 2015 in H1B Visas by dan (23,600 points)
edited Jan 12, 2016 by dan

The US Congress is all set to pass a bill today to increase the H1B fee by $4000,00 and L1 Fee by $4,500.00 respectively for Employers with 50 Plus employees with 50 Percent or more workers who are H1B and L1 Visa Holders. 

UPDATE: News: Fee Increase for H1B and L1 Goes into Effect from December 18, 2015

This fee is being enacted to fund the 9-11 Response and Biometric Entry-Exit Fee. If enacted, this fee will be required for the next 10 Years until September 2025. This fee is required for both new petitions and extension petitions. This fee is expected to fund more than a billion USD per annum, would be used to fund a biometric entry and exit tracking system, in addition to funding health screenings and treatments for 9/11 first responders.

Read Excerpts from the Bill here.

TEMPORARY H-1B VISA FEE INCREASE.Not-withstanding section 281 of the Immigration and Nation-ality Act (8 U.S.C. 1351) or any other provision of law, during the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this section and ending on September 30, 2025, the December 16, 2015 (1:04 a.m.)
1918 U:\2016REPT\OMNI\FinalOmni\CPRT-114-HPRT-RU00-SAHR2029-AMNT1.xml 1 combined filing fee and fraud prevention and detection fee required to be submitted with an application for admission as a nonimmigrant under section 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b)), including an application for an extension of such status, shall be increased by $4,000 for applicants that employ 50 or more employees in the United States if more than 50 percent of the applicant’s employees are nonimmigrants described in section
10 101(a)(15)(L) of such Act. 

TEMPORARY L-1 VISA FEE INCREASE.—Not-withstanding section 281 of the Immigration and Nation-ality Act (8 U.S.C. 1351) or any other provision of law, during the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this section and ending on September 30, 2025, the combined filing fee and fraud prevention and detection fee required to be submitted with an application for admission as a nonimmigrant under section 101(a)(15)(L) of the Im-
14 migration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(L)), including an application for an extension of such status, shall be increased by $4,500 for applicants that employ 50 or more employees in the United States if more than 50 percent of the applicant’s employees are non-immigrants admitted pursuant to subparagraph (H)(i)(b) or (L) of section 101(a)(15) of such Act. ‘‘(b) 

What does this mean to H1B Employers with 50 Plus Employees and what will be the fee for new H1Bs and H1B Extensions?

H1B Employers will have to pay the following fee.

1) I-129 Fee = $325.00
2) ACWIA Fee = $1500.00 (25 + Employees)
3) 911 Response and Biometric Entry-Exit Fee = $4000.00

4) Fraud Fee = $500.00

Total = $6,325.00

The above fee does not include any Attorney/Legal fees ranging from $500.00 to $3,000.00. If a premium processing is required, Employers will have to pay an additional $1225.00 - Let's hope they don't increase this too...

H1B Transfers: Employers filing H1B Transfers cases are required to pay the full fee.

H1B Extensions by the same Employer: This fee may not be required for the same employer filing an H1B Extension and at this point it is unknown. Employers usually do not require the fraud prevention fee if they have already paid the first time.

What does this mean to L1 Employers with 50 Plus Employees and what will be the fee for new L1s and L1 Extensions?

L1 Employers will have to pay the following fee.

1) I-129 Fee = $325.00
2) Combined Fraud Detection and 9-11 Response and Biometric Entry-Exit Fee = $4500.00

Total = $4,825.00

The above fee does not include any Attorney/Legal fees ranging from $500.00 to $3,000.00. Employers will have to pay an additional $1225.00

Conclusion: This will definitely have a major impact on smaller companies with 50 to 100 H1B Employees, forcing them NOT to file new H1Bs and accept H1B Transfer.

Please comment with your thoughts and opinion(s).

References:

See official Bill Here READ PAGES 1917 and 1918

#H1B fee increase $4000

#L1 fee increase $4500

11 Comments

commented Dec 18, 2015 by H1BCrazy
That means Indian Rupees 4 lakhs, this is crazy!
commented Dec 18, 2015 by RaNa
Aargh! Ridiculous
commented Dec 21, 2015 by anonymous
Now thats a difficult job for the small companies. Some companies survive marketing the H1 candidates. They will defnly suffer !
commented Dec 21, 2015 by dan (23,600 points)
This fee applies to Companies with 50 Plus Employees and with 50% H1B or L1 workforce.
commented Dec 22, 2015 by anonymous
What is the effective date for this fees increase for H1 transfers?
commented Dec 22, 2015 by geek
There is not much info, but this may be effective April 2016.
commented Jan 12, 2016 by Jigs
How about H1B Amendment and H1B extension ? 4000$ is applicable for them too ?
commented Jan 12, 2016 by anonymous
Amendment is always $325 and it doesn't apply to extensions..
It's only for new H1B's or Transfers
commented Jan 12, 2016 by dan (23,600 points)
This applies to new h1bs and h1b transfers, change in employers.
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