New $2,000/$2,250 H-1B/L-1 Fee for Certain Employers

October 8th, 2010

On August 13, 2010, USCIS implemented a new $2,000 fee, under Public Law 111-230, for H-1B petitioners with 50 or more employees and more than 50% of its employees in H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrant status. This new law also imposes an additional $2,250 fee for L-1A and L-1B petitioners with 50 or more employees and more than 50% of its employees in H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrant status.  The fee applies to new petitions for initial nonimmigrant H-1B and L-1 status and change of employer H-1B and L-1 petitions.  This fee is in addition to the petition fee ($320), Fraud and Detection fee ($500) and the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA) fee ($1,500 for employers with more than 25 employees and $750 for those with 25 or fewer employees).  The employer must pay this new fee.