The U.S. Department of State has published a proposal in the Federal Register suggesting an increase in fees for petition-based visas– that includes H2A and H2B visas. The increase would be from $131.00 to $150.00.
The Department of State suggests that the costs of processing visas is increasing and the current fee which has been unchanged since January of 2008, was no longer sufficient to cover the costs they were experiencing. The proposal will be subject to public comment, refer to www.regulations.gov for the final rule.
Participants in the H2B programs should take note considering the Wage & Hour Field Assistance bulletin released in August of this year concerning an H2B employer’s responsibility to pay the fees workers incur to get an H2B job. H2A employers should take notice considering the recommendation to cover the costs to protect themselves from Arriaga-style litigation.
View the State Department’s press release here.
Click for H2B USDOL Wage & Hour H2B Arriaga bulletin Aug 09