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US proposes massive hike for H1-B Visa fees

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The Joe Biden administration in the United States has proposed a massive hike in immigration fees which will include the H-1B visas which is very popular among Indian tech professionals, a report said.

Under the proposed rule, published by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the application fee for the H-1B visa may see an increase from USD 460 to USD 780, and L-1 from USD 460 to USD 1,385, news agency PTI reported.

Increase has also been proposed for the application fee for O-1 visas from USD 460 to USD 1,055, the report said. The proposed rule has gone on a 60-day public opposition period. After the period, the rule is expected to be enforced.

“Economists would note that fee increase on these visa categories would work against the desire of US policymakers for more workers to enter the United States legally,” Forbes reported. Although, the PTI report said that there will be no increase in the premium processing.

On the new fees, the USCIS said that the changes would allow the immigration agency to recover its operating costs more fully, reestablish and maintain timely case processing, and prevent the accumulation backlogs, the report said, adding that the agency receives approximately 96 per cent of its funding from filing fees.

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