H and L fee increases

News Release from Jewell & Associates, PC – August 13, 2010 On 8/13/2010, President Obama signed into law H.R. 6080, an act making emergency supplemental appropriations for border security.  One provision of the act raises the filing fee and Anti-Fraud fee for H and L visa petitions.  The fee hikes apply to petitioning companies with more than 50 employees in the United States, if more than 50% of those employees are either in H or L status.  The fee increase for Ls is $2,250.00, and the increase for Hs is $2,000.00.  The language of the act appears to add these fees onto the existing $320.00 filing fee and $500.00 Anti-Fraud fee for each, bringing the total to $3,070.00 for Ls and $2,820.00 for Hs (not including PPS or ACWIA fees).  It is unclear whether these fees apply only to initial petitions or if they also apply to extensions.  Also unclear is whether the 50% determination for H or L counts individually or cumulatively.  The fee increases appear to go into effect immediately, but we are uncertain whether USCIS will start rejecting petitions that are en route, or if USCIS will announce an effective date with an updated fee schedule.  The fee increases are set to expire on September 30, 2014.  We will post updates as more information becomes available.

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