U.S. Hikes H-1B Visa Fee
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U.S. Hikes H-1B Visa Fee

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 30 March 2012, 09:51 Hrs   |    6 Comments
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Bangalore: Rejection of work visas to Indians has turned out to be a burning issue and now with the increase in the fee of H-1 B visa, this has become a major concern of Indians. Indian IT companies uses H-1 B visas extensively, the cost of which has now increased to around 12,500 and as per the estimates, it will cost nearly Rs 1.25 crore for a company to apply for 1,000 visas.

Leading Indian companies apply for H-1B visas in many thousands, which make India one of the biggest users of these visas. These companies account for about 30,000 of the 65,000 H-1B visas available, but with the US Government tightening the visa rules, there has been a considerable decrease in the number over the past years.

The USD passed a bill in the year 2010 to increase the fees for each new visa application, both H-1B and L-1, which was applicable to applicants who employ 50 or more than 50 workers in US, and for those who have 50 percent of these employees are under the status of H-1B or L-1.This rule was more or less intended towards the Indian IT companies, which affected the small Indian firms (around 500 companies) apart from the big ones.

Some Indian based IT firms wrote a letter to US President Barack Obama previous week regarding the rejection of L1 visas and now with the increase in fee of H-1B visas the burden increases.



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Reader's comments(6)
1: Burning issue? who forces you to go to US if it a burning issue. IF Indians companies can't afford just $10 fee hike, then shut your silly mouth and news and work in India itself. Let me know which company alone sends 1000 Indian employees to work in US? Leading Indian companies apply for H-1B visas in many thousands? really ? then US should ban all outsourcing jobs to India ASAP if it is the case. Do you think around 500 indian companies send employees to US on H1B visas and accompanying spouses on L1B visas? What a fake and exaggerated news coverage!
Posted by:Rakesh - 31 Mar, 2012
I totally agree with you. This is the most sense less news I've ever seen from silicon india. With the unemployment rate in US, they should be charging more. And ofcourse rejections occur when there are not enough visas left or whatever or whatever reason. And with the way the dollar rate is falling down soon inshaallah people from different countries will face difficulties in migrating to india. :)
Khan Replied to: Rakesh - 05 Apr, 2012
3: These same companies pass on this fee increase to their customers worldwide (majority in US). So, who is paying the fee hikes?
Posted by:Naveen - 30 Mar, 2012
4: 12500 is not much.person which is going to work in US or company which is in US for them its like kid's pocket money.......Its not a big deal
Posted by:amey - 30 Mar, 2012
5: I thought the fees went up due to rupee Xchge rate. 12500 is eqvt to $250 and what is the big deal about this as companies rake in thousands out of every H1 person
Posted by:krd - 30 Mar, 2012
6: Yet another blow to Indians!
Posted by:aazad - 30 Mar, 2012