A special $2000 H-1B and L-1 fee on Indian IT firms can return in the US

December 15, 2015
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.

A special $2000 H-1B and L-1 fee on Indian IT firms can return in the US

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.

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