Implementing a portion of the Border Security funding bill (Public Law 111-230) signed by President Barack Obama on August 13, USCIS has announced a new fee, in addition to existing fees, for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions. The new fee is $2,000 for certain H-1B and $2,250 for certain L-1 petitions.

The fee applies to petitioners who employ more than 50 workers in the U.S., with more than 50% of them in H-1B or L-1 status. The fee must be paid when an employer seeks an initial grant of H-1B or L-1 status, and when an existing H-1B or L-1 worker is seeking a change of employer.

USCIS notes that Form I-129, and accompanying instructions, will be modified to comply with the new law. In the interim, employers should address the fee requirement with a notation on their H-1B or L-1 applications.