Visa Fees Have Increased
On June 4, 2010, the Department of State implemented increases in its nonimmigrant visa application fees. The fee increases are relatively minor for most temporary visas, with two exceptions: applications for K visas, which are for fiancé(e)s and spouses of U.S. citizens and their minor children – and E visas, which are for Treaty-Traders/Investors (E-1/E-2) and Australian Professional Specialty Worker (E-3), have gone up significantly. This Immigration Alert provides a breakdown of the nonimmigrant visa application rate increases.
Up-Dated Count on H-1B Numbers
As expected, the global recession has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of new H-1B visa petitions being filed in the current fiscal year of the USCIS. While in years prior to 2009, H-1B visas had been used up within weeks of April 1st, as of June 24, 2010 H-1B visas will likely be available through the end of this year. For a detailed count please click here.
MBBP’s June 2010 Immigration Alert also contains information on other topics including:
- USCIS changes to “Green Cards” and “Employment Cards”
- Visa Waiver Program Going Paperless
Click here to read our full Alert.