It was revealed by Michele Bond, US Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs that there was a fee increment made in USCIS H-1B and L-1 visa in December 2015. But this did not let down the interest of Indians to secure an H-1B OR L-1 visa. India still comprises 70% for H-1B and 30% for L-1 visas which is issued by Washington worldwide.
It is a matter of fact that the success rate for qualifying these visas is highest by Indians. She was in India to attend the fifth annual bilateral consular dialogue accompanied by Mr. P Kumaran, from Indian Ministry of External Affairs.
Whereas the fees are concerned then it should be noted that H-1B fee has increased from $2000 to $4000 and L-1A and L-1B fee increased from $2500 to $4500 in December 2015. It is said that relations between US and India were strained because of this hike as its adverse effect was mainly seen in India based companies.
To resolve the issues a ‘secret talk’ was held between India and US in Geneva, Switzerland. However, both of the countries were unable to reach a proper solution with this talk. India’s IT industry Department, Nasscom, cleared the air from their side that this fee increase is a scandal to trap Indian ICT companies unfairly.
Bond also cleared that although there was a hike but there was no reduction of interested applicants for these visas. Adding to the fact she revealed the figures that 110,000 H-1B visas during 2015 were received which is a time period from October 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015.
According to the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016, a multinational organization would have to prevent from providing new H-1B or L-1 visa if they have 50 or more than 50 people working with them with 50% on these visas. Now it is to be seen that how much friction this law would create amidst India and US relations.
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