The filing fees for H-1B high-skill visas has been hiked by 21 per cent to $555, while that for L (intra-company transfer) visas has been increased by 75 per cent to $850. The proposal for the fee hike was put forth in November last year. India's IT industry lobby National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) and a couple of US pro-immigration bodies, had opposed the move at the time.
The move is expected to have a financial impact on Indian IT firms who are the major beneficiaries of these non-immigrant work visas. L-1 visas are issued for intra-company transfers. For instance, if an Infosys executive moves from India to the company’s office in the US, it will be on an L-1 visa. However, if the same executive is going to the US to work at a client site, he or she will be issued an H-1B visa.
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