The H1B visa is normally issued for a period of three years, following which it can be extended twice. The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has increased fees for non-immigrant work visas by 21-75 percent, effective from October.
The DHS approved a final rule on July 31, per which employers filing visa petitions will now pay US $555 fee (21 percent increase) for H1B high-skill visas and US $850 (75 percent increase) for L (intra-company transfer) visas. The impact on Indian IT and service firms is expected to be huge, as many of these companies hired 50 percent employees on H-1B or L-1 visas. They’ll now pay additional US $4,000-4,500 for each visa extension.