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U.S. Secretary of Labor Proposes to Increase H-1B Filing Fees

The Trump administration continues its attack on the H-1B visa program on all fronts. Earlier this month, while testifying before a Congressional Committee on the annual budget of the Department of Labor, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta proposed increasing filing fees for H-1B visa petitions. The proposed fee increase would take place on October 1, 2019, the start of the new fiscal year 2020 for USCIS, and the extra revenue is purportedly earmarked for increasing funding for the expansion of an apprentice program. Beyond that information, Acosta did not give details regarding dollar amounts and/or categories of applicants who would be affected. We will, of course, closely monitor the situation and inform all of our readers as soon as more information becomes publicly available. Please see this article for more information.


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