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New Web Page on the H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase

USCIS has posted a new Web page on the H-1B and L-1 fee increase required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Pub. L. 114-113). Pub. L. 114-113 requires certain petitioners to submit an additional fee of $4,000 for certain H-1B petitions and an additional $4,500 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions.

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H-1 and L-1 Visa Petition Filing Fees Increased – Ongoing Updates if Needed

12 January 2016

This is the latest release from USCIS.  I think they are misreading the fees requirement.  The law seemed to require higher fees only for L-1 employee counts (see my highlighted comments below under 19 December 2015 entry).  The current USCIS release counts both L-1 and H-1 employees even for H-1 filing fees.  We will wait and see if this clarified

Executive Actions on Immigration - USCIS

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

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