US increases H1B & L1 fees, effects Indian IT Companies

The Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 of the USA, substantially increases the fees for H1B and L1 categories of visas for applicants that employ more than 50 employees in the United States or have more than 50 per cent of their employees admitted on non-immigrant visas (the “50/50 rule”) which is prima facie discriminatory for Indian companies. India proposes to seek consultations with the USA under the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) of WTO.

The Indian firms including TCS, Infosys, Wipro and Mahindra Satyam who fall in the ’50/50′ rule appear liable to pay higher visa fees.

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