In today’s blog update, we will talk about the H1B Visa Cost as the US Proposes Fee Increase Affecting International Students
Did you know that a new proposed change to US immigration fees would see the H1B visa cost drastically increase for applicants planning to work and live in the United States.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has suggested controversial increases to immigration fees that would see an application for an H-1B visa fee drastically increased very soon.
Please keep in mind that the plans would see an H-1B visa E-registration fee rise by 2050% from $10 to $215. Similarly, the H-1B petition fee, which presently stands at $460, would rise to $780—a staggering 70% increase.
The H-1B visa is an extremely attractive route into employment in the US for international students. After getting sponsorship from an employer who petitions the USCIS on their behalf, successful H-1B visa applicants can reside in the US and seek employing in the United States for three years after completing a higher education degree.
The majority of the H-1B visa cost is suffered by the employer, on the other hand applicants must also at this time pay their E-registration fee and petition fee themselves, in addition to a $500 fraud and protection fee.
The new changes are expected to be finalized very soon, either this month or in January 2024, and will come into effect within 60 to 90 days. They have been condemned by both individuals and organizations, according to reports.
The USCIS stated the changes would help with application backlogs and would make sure the agency could cover its running costs, which it hasn’t been able to do since the year 2016.
Please keep in mind that the immigration fee changes will also affect applications for the green card, which permits a person to work and live in the US under permanent residency. Green card applications will also increase by 19% from $640 to $760.
There were other recent changes to the H-1B visa process published by the USCIS have included simplifying the renewal process for H-1B visa holders presently working in the US, and a number of wholesale changes that would rationalize the entire H-1B visa process.
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