According to details now published by a federal US agency, Indian IT companies will have to pay at least an additional $4,000 for every H-1B visa application, under new regulations that came into effect last December.
Those applying for L-1 visas would have to pay $4,500 more than other US companies under the new law that will be in effect till September 30, 2025. The H-1B visa allows US employers to recruit and employ foreign professionals in speciality occupations in the US ,while L-1 visas are available to employees of an international company with offices in both the US and abroad.
Indian IT firms that have to incur an additional burden of $400 million annually have called the rule discriminatory, and PM Narendra Modi intends to raise the matter at the highest level.
The USCIS said the additional fees must be paid in a separate cheque payable to the Department of Homeland Security, and the federal agency also laid the parameters for counting the number of employees of the company.