The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the visa fee for immigrants who belong to H1-B and L-1 category, will not be increased after the US Federal Court has turned down President Donald Trump’s proposal.
The Department of Homeland and Security (DHS) tried to increase H-1B visa fees by 20 per cent, while L-1 visas were planned to increase by 75 per cent. However, the US District Court for the Northern District of California did not permit such a decision to become effective.
If approved, the decision was planned to come to life from October 2, VisaGuide.World reports.
The case is classified as a preliminary injunction. An order “formulated by a court at the request of one party that prevents the other party from pursuing a particular course of conduct until the conclusion of a trial on the merits, is considered a preliminary injunction.”
In August, the Department of Homeland and Security (DHS) revealed that the fees for H-1B and L-1 visas would increase from October 2. DHS stressed companies’ employers who employ up to 50 persons outside America, who hold H-1B visas, should shell out an additional $4,000 for every visa.
“What the court found was that the fee hike was announced by the government and it had bypassed the public consultation process by introducing the fee hike as an Interim Final Rule (IFR). This is not in keeping with the democratic process that invites public comments on regulations that are not part of congressional legislation,” Founder and Managing Partner of LawQuest, global immigration, Poorvi Chothani pointed out.
In September, the United States Department of Homeland and Security announced that the fee for United States’ P and O visas would also increase by 50 per cent. Besides, the department added that persons who seek to apply for these visas would face a longer processing time.
According to the United States Department of Homeland and Security, the fee for O visa petitions was supposed to hike from $460 to $705, marking a 53 per cent increase. Whereas, costs for a P visa, was planned to increase from $460 to $695, a 51 per cent increase.