• Application of $500 Fraud Prevention Fee to Canadian Citizens Applying for L-1 Visas at the U.S./Canadian Border
  • April 18, 2005
  • Law Firm: Reed Smith LLP - Pittsburgh Office
  • Late last year, Congress passed the L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2004. Among other things, the law requires the filing of a new $500 fee for each initial L petition or change of status request. This fee is in addition to the existing filing fees for L visa petitions ($185 or $1,185 for premium processing) but applies only to the principal alien, not his or her dependents. The money collected is deposited into an "H-1B and L Fraud Prevention and Detection Account." There are no exceptions to this filing fee; it applies to all principal beneficiaries of an initial L-1 petition with a given employer.