H-1/L-1 Fees Double for Heavy Users
President Obama signed into law an a filing fee increase H-1B and L-1 petitions filed by employers with 50 or more employees in the US and 50 percent or more H-1B or L-1 workers, including L-2 spouses with an EAD. Such employers must pay an additional filing fee of $2,000 for new H-1B petitions and $2,250 for new L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after Aug. 14, 2010. The new filing fees apply to all cases in which the $500 fraud fee is also payable, and is in addition to all other existing fees. The new fee will remain in effect through Sept. 30, 2014. No guidance is yet available as to how the new filing fee will be applied to blanket L cases filed at consular posts.