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The Consolidated Appropriations Act of2016 (Public Law 114-113) that President Obama signed into law on December 18, 2015, increased fees for certain petitioners seeking visas under the H-1B (i.e., a non-immigrant visa allowing U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations) and L-1 (i.e., a non-immigrant visa valid for periods from three months to five years) programs. These petitioners must submit an additional fee of $4,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $4,500 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after December 18, 2015. The additional fees apply to petitioners who employ 50 or more employees in the United States, with more than 50 percent of those employees in H-1B or L (including L-1A and L-1B) nonimmigrant status. This fee is in addition to the base processing fee, Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee, American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 fee (when required), as well as the premium processing fee, if applicable. The fees will remain effective through September 30, 2025. The countries chiefly affected are those to which the largest number of H-1B visas are issued, per the data shown in the source.
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