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Proposed DHS Policy: Increased Fees for H-1B and L-1B Visa Extensions


WASHINGTON, DC – Employers may soon face increased costs for extending work visas for foreign workers. A new proposed rule by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mandates that employers pay $4,000 to extend an H-1B visa and $4,500 to extend an L-1 visa under the 9/11 Response and Biometric Entry-Exit Fee. This fee, established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, currently applies only to initial and change of employer petitions.

The proposed rule would extend this fee to cover extension petitions as well, meaning employers would incur additional costs when extending the employment period of existing H-1B or L-1 visa holders. DHS justifies the rule by citing increased funding needs for the biometric entry-exit system, consistency and fairness in fee application, and enhanced security measures.

If implemented, the rule could significantly impact large companies reliant on these visas, potentially leading to higher operational costs and changes in hiring strategies.




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