USCIS Implemented Public Law 111-230, H-1B/L1 Fee Increase

Posted On: October 6, 2010

President Obama signed Public Law 111-230 on August 13, which requires an additional $2,000 in filing fees for some H-1B petitions and an additional $2,250 for some L-1A/L-1B petitions. The fees apply to any company that employs over 50 people within the United States, with more than fifty percent of them having either an H-1B or L1 nonimmigrant status.

These petitions must be postmarked after August 14, 2010 and the provision will be effective until September 30, 2014.

USCIS is asking all petitioners to send in the new fee or an explanation as to why the fee does not apply to their company with the petition. If this is not done, USCIS could require a Request for Evidence (RFE).