US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued an alert reminding customers of a recent fee increase. The increase affects some H-1B and L-1 petitions, and took effect on December 18, 2015.
The fees affect employer petitioners with 50 or more employees in the United States, when over 50% of those employees are in H-1B or L nonimmigrant status. Affected H-1B petitioners must now pay $4000 (up from $2000) and L-1 employers pay $4,500 (up from $2250). This means that some H-1B petitions could have a combined total of $7,550 in filing fees if Premium Processing is used.
USCIS has advised that it is revising the Form I-129 to reflect the changes. Petitioners who file before the new forms are released may get a Request for Evidence from USCIS to determine whether the new fee applies.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.