USCIS Implements H-1B and L-1 Fee Increases

On Aug. 13, 2010, President Obama signed into law Public Law 111-230, which contains provisions that increase the petition fees on H-1B and L-1 petitions for petitioners with 50 or more employees in the United States with more than 50 percent of its employees in the US in H-1B or L (including L-1A, L-1B and L-2) nonimmigrant status.  Public Law 111-230 requires the submission of an additional fee of $2,000 for applicable H-1B petitions and $2,250 for applicable L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after Aug. 14, 2010.

The additional fee, if applicable, is in addition to the base processing fee ($320), the existing Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee ($500), and any applicable American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA) fee ($750/$1,500) needed to file a petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129), as well as any premium processing fees, (if applicable).

The I-129 forms are currently being revised by USCIS to comply with Public Law 111-230. To facilitate implementation of Public Law 111-230, USCIS recommends that all H-1B, L-1A and L-1B petitioners, as part of the filing packet, include the new fee or a statement of other evidence outlining why this new fee does not apply.

The law is effective as of Aug.13, 2010  and will remain in effect through Sept. 30, 2014.

USCIS Implements H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase

USCIS Implements H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase

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