THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
US immigration and visa fee increases, which were due to be introduced on Friday October 2, have been blocked after a ruling by a US Federal Judge. The Judge, in Northern California, granted a motion for a preliminary injunction against the new fees and rules, which were being introduced by USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services).
Had the fee increases gone ahead, H-1B petitions would have increased in cost by 21% (from $460 to $555), L visa petitions would have increased by 75% (from $460 to $805), while there would also have been higher fees for businesses with more than 50 employees. The new rules would also have increases fees by more than 50% for petitions for other visas including O, TN, E, P, Q and R.
The new USCIS rules would also have increased processing times for premium services, from 15 calendar days to 15 business days.
The ruling, by Judge White, means that the rule changes won't come into force on October 2, but the case is continuing, and changes could be introduced in the future.
A full article outlining the rules, the fee increases and this ruling can be found via Forbes magazine at www.forbes.com