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H-1B/L-1 Visa Fee Increase

On Friday, December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016.

The bill includes a 10-year temporary H-1B/L-1 Visa Fee Increase for H-1B and L-1 petitioners that employ 50 or more employees in the United States with more than 50 percent of their employees in the United States in H-1B, L-1A or L-1B nonimmigrant status.

Supplemental H-1B fees for 50/50 companies increased from $2,000 to $4,000.  Supplement L-1 fees for 50/50 companies increased from $2,250 to $4,500.    The visa fee increase appears to be effective immediately and applies to initial H-1B/L-1 petitions and H-1B/L-1 extension petitions.