US immigration department has removed the extra fee of $2,250 for the L-1 visa and $ 2000 fee for the H-1B visa that are paid by the superior employers with the elevated percentage of the foreign workers.
The fee was considered prejudiced as it was mainly affecting the IT companies of India. Commonly known as the ‘Outsourcing fee’. The Indian businesses were opposing the charges saying that it had the major effect on their ability in doing the business in the US.
In the recent years, the extra fees for the L-1 A or L-1B visa or the H-1B visa petition has meant that the Indian IT companies ends up contributing millions of dollars towards the policing cost for preventing the illegal immigration into the US- Mexican border.
Those companies who were employing 50 or more than those employees in the US, with the 50% of the workforce in the nation on an H-1B or L-1 visa were subjected to the extra fees.
This fees was introduced in the year 2010, after it was passed by the US Congress, the latest law contain the condition for charging the extra H-1B and L-1 visa fees for every application.
According to Nasscom, the IT industry has already paid an estimated $375 million dollars in the treasury of the US as the result of extra fees for the L-1 and H-1B visas, but this will not last for long period of time.
Nasscom President, R Chandrashekhar said that the fees were totally unjustified and that it has nothing to do with the IT industry. It was only brought in for targeting the Indian companies.