US increases H-1B visa fee on highly qualified IT professionals from India

December 17, 2015
The US State Congress has double the outsourcing fee impose on extremely qualified IT professionals from India to $4000 from $2000 after it was lapsed on 30th September this year.

US increases H-1B visa fee on highly qualified IT professionals from India

US Congress told that the fee would be raised for the applicants that hire 50 or additional employees in the US if over 50% of the applicant’s employees are non immigrants.

The $2000 outsourcing fee for the H-1B visas and $2,250 fee for L-1 visas, that are used for infra firm transfers was adopted by the US in August 2010. Its validity was five years, and it was not renewed by the US after it got lapsed in the month of September this year.

This measure would certainly not go well with IT industry, which depends on the visas for transferring of skilled employees to the location of the clients. There is also rising discontent about the process of H-1B visa  among the skilled employees in the US who said that the visas are path for big firms to employ cheaper overseas employees.

According to the sources, the Indian Prime Minister has shared his concerns with the US President about the IT industry of India and the professionals on the planned law in the US Congress relating to H-1B and L-1 visas.

As the dates for the US Presidential elections are nearing by, the debate regarding this H-1B visa had been heating up in the nation, with many of them urging to slash the number of visas and put the limits on wages of the IT workers.

India’s IT industry which is worth around $146 billion, has been the main beneficiary of the US work visas that are needed by the overseas workers with high skills to work in the nation. And the NASSCOM has held this visa fee as biased towards the IT firms of India. 

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