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Visas - H-1b, L-1, E, O, TN

Omnibus bill passes !

The Omnibus bill has passed and it includes major increases in the filing fees for H-1b and L-1 visas but, the language makes the additional H-1b filing fee applicable ONLY to those companies that have > 50% of their workforce on L visas. In contrast, the increased L-1 filing fee applies to companies that have > 50% of their workforce on combined L-1 and H-1b visas. As a practical matter, the additional H-1b fee will not apply to US based companies and in all likelihood apply to only a hand-full of companies. This language is a direct attack at large Indian out-sourcing companies.

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