This fee is in addition to fees such as base processing, fraud prevention and detection, American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (when required), as well as premium processing, if applicable.
The new fees will remain effective through September 2025, USCIS said. In a statement, USCIS warned that it will begin rejecting H-1B and L-1 visa petitions received on or after Feb. 11 that do not carry the information required under the new law. USCIS has also revised the necessary forms in this regard.
During the 30-day period immediately following this Web alert, USCIS may issue a request for evidence to determine whether the additional fee applies to the petition. In a NASSCOM study released September 2015, the trade association of the Indian IT industry said Indian IT companies have paid between $70 million to $80 million annually to the U.S. Treasury approximately. Given that, the new punitive measure is expected to raise between $1.4 billion and $1.6 billion every year for the next decade.
In December, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the issue with Obama when the latter telephoned him to thank for his leadership role on achieving the historic agreement on climate change in Paris Dec. 12.(PTI)