22 December 2010
US Visa fees will fund border security and 9/11 heath bill
The US Congress is now considering extending a US Visa fee increase to help cover the cost of the 9/11 responders health care bill, which is now set at $6.2 billion.
Earlier this year, Congress dramaticly increased US Visa fees for specific work visas in order to pay for improvements to border security.
This visa fee increase is now expected to be continued through until 2021 to help cover the cost of the 9/11 responders health care bill. The responders care bill will bolster heath coverage for those who became ill as a consequence of taking part in the 9/11 rescue and clean-up operation.
In August, Congress approved a $2,000 application fee increase on H-1B visas and a $2,250 increase for L-1 visas: an increase that would mostly affect Indian offshore IT firms that rely heavily on work visas to bring in skilled employees for specific projects.
The legislation currently being considered includes a 2 per cent tax on government procurement contracts with countries that have not signed up to the World Trade Organisation’s Government Procurement Agreement, which includes major trading partners India and China.