A $2000 fee can return on H-1B and L-1 visas for the Indian IT firms intended to fund the 9/11 healthcare act in the US with a group of US Congressmen quietly mounting new efforts for reimposing it.
Such move like this had been part of James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which funds health treatments and screenings for 9/11 initial responders.
The bill is named after a US detective James Zadroga, and the politicians are looking to extend the bill permanently and also wish to generate essential finance by imposing a $2000 extra fee on the H-1B visas. This bill is drafted in such a way that it will affect only Indian firms.
Nasscom said that the Indian firms had already paid around $70 to $80 million per year between 20100-2015.
It is reported that the additional fee applies to the firms with a minimum of 50% of their workers on H-1B or L-1 visas, and it is in addition to other fees which is paid by the employers.
According to the report, due to its 50% threshold, it almost hits the big Indian IT services companies, the top most users of the H-1B visas.