Increase In Fees For Some H-1B and L-1 Employers

On August 13, 2010 President Obama signed a bill directing $600 million more to securing the U.S.-Mexico border. The money will be used to hire more enforcement agents and adding other security measures such as new communication equipments and unmanned drones to improve border surveillance.

This $600 million funding will come from raising fees on petitioners with 50 or more employees and more than 50% of their workforce in H-1B, L-1 or L-2 (using EAD) status. The fee will increase by $2,250 for each L-1 petition and by $2,000 for each H-1B petition.

The new fee is required only on the company's initial petition for the beneficiary/employee. That is, it does not apply to H-1B extensions or amendments for existing H/L employees.

The law is effective immediately.