Non-Immigrant Visas

New Law Increases H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees

The Appropriations Act of 2016 (Public Law 114 – 113), signed into law by Pres. Obama on December 18, 2015 increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners. These petitioners must submit an additional fee or $4000 for certain H-1B petitioners and $4500 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after December 18, 2015.

DHS Proposes Changes to Regulations Affecting Work Visa Holders, including H-1B, L-1, E-1, E-2, and TN, and Applicants for Green Cards Sponsored by Employers

Much has already been said about proposed changes to DHS regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs, published on December 31, 2015. Much of what is being proposed is, in reality, no change at all. The DHS is simply amending its regulations consistent with provisions contained in the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 (AC21) and the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA). Some would say this is 15-17 years overdue and they would not be wrong.


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