H-1B visa application fee to rise by 21%, L-1 visa fee by 75%

MUMBAI: The primary application fee for an H-1B visa application will rise to $555 from current $460 – a hike of almost 21%. The base submitting charges for L-1 visas (used for intra firm transfers) will rise considerably by 75% to $805.
The new submitting charges come into impact from October. As visa application charges are borne by the sponsoring employer, these hikes will make hiring and deputation of overseas workers costlier.
As per the newest obtainable statistics, of the three.88 lakh H-1B visas issued in the course of the fiscal ended September 30, 2019, almost 2.78 lakh (or 72% of the entire) had been allotted to Indians. This determine contains visa extensions. While Indians represent the biggest holders of H-1B visas, US-headquartered corporations rent a major variety of H-1B employees. Recent country-wise knowledge of L-1 visas isn’t obtainable.
Currently, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the immigration company of the US authorities is searching for a $1.2 billion emergency funding from the federal government. It has postponed lay off of almost 13,000 members of its workforce to August-end. Typically, the company is basically funded by submitting charges.
At current, corporations with greater than 50 workers, greater than 50% of whom are in H-1B or L-1 standing, should pay an extra $4,000 fee for every new H-1B visa and $ 4,500 for every new L-1B visa. Now, charges can even be payable for visa renewals (extensions) and is anticipated to garner $200 million yearly.
Spouses of H-1B employees (ie: these holding an H-Four dependent visa) will now have to shell out $550 to acquire a piece allow, a rise of 34%. Fees for making use of for citizenship have risen from 640 to $1,170, which is a major rise of almost 83%. Fees have additionally been hiked for varied providers resembling biometrics.

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Shekh Shahrukh

Shekh Shahrukh is a digital marketer, Entrepreneur, and a Journalism student at Delhi University. A news writer by day and news seeker by night, he is loathed to discuss himself in a third person but can be persuaded to do so from time to time.

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