On August 13, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law a border enforcement funding bill, H.R. 6080, that would offset certain border security costs by raising fees for certain H-1B and L petitions. The bill was passed in the House of Representatives by voice vote on August 10, and was passed in the Senate by unanimous consent on August 12.

The new law raises by $2,250 for L nonimmigrants the “filing fee and fraud prevention and detection fee” paid by companies that employ 50 or more employees in the U.S., if more than 50 percent of the company’s employees are nonimmigrants admitted on L or H-1B visas. The law also raises by $2,000 for H-1B nonimmigrants the fee paid by companies that employ 50 or more employees in the U.S., if more than 50 percent of the company’s employees are nonimmigrants admitted on H-1B or L visas. The fee increases are effective now and will stay in effect until September 30, 2014.

USCIS will accept petitions for filing under this new rule, but may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) if it is unclear whether the increased fee applies to the petition. Petitioners may experience delays in H-1B and L-1 adjudication as USCIS clarifies its standards on meeting this new burden of proof.

The full text of the bill is available On August 13, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law a border enforcement funding bill, H.R. 6080, that would offset certain border security costs by raising fees for certain H-1B and L petitions. The bill was passed in the House of Representatives by voice vote on August 10, and was passed in the Senate by unanimous consent on August 12. The new law raises by $2,250 for L nonimmigrants the “filing fee and fraud prevention and detection fee” paid by companies that employ 50 or more employees in the U.S., if more than 50 percent of the company’s employees are nonimmigrants admitted on L or H-1B visas. The law also raises by $2,000 for H-1B nonimmigrants the fee paid by companies that employ 50 or more employees in the U.S., if more than 50 percent of the company’s employees are nonimmigrants admitted on H-1B or L visas. The fee increases are effective now and will stay in effect until September 30, 2014. USCIS will accept petitions for filing under this new rule, but may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) if it is unclear whether the increased fee applies to the petition. Petitioners may experience delays in H-1B and L-1 adjudication as USCIS clarifies its standards on meeting this new burden of proof.

The full text of the bill is available here.