The Department of Homeland Security is raising the fees for applications for H-1B and L-1 visas. As of March 8, 2005, the fees to apply for these visas will have to pay an additional $500. These fees will be applicable to initial applications for these work visas, and for employees changing jobs within these categories. This amount will be added to the basic filing fee of $185 for H-1B and L-1 visas (and, if applicable, the premium processing fee of $1,000).
It should be noted that this fee will not apply to spouses and children applying for the L-2 visa. In addition, we are still unsure whether this fee will apply to the 20,000 visas provided in the new H-1B exempt category for students with master’s or higher degrees from a U.S. institution, which also goes into effect March 8.