On November 19, 2010, the Embassy of the United States in London issued a notice regarding the collection of the new Border Security Act fees.
Under the Border Security Act, the U.S. government must collect an additional fee of $2,000 in certain H-1B cases and $2,250 in certain L-1 cases if the employer has more than 50 employees in the United States, more than 50% of whom are in H-1B or L-1 status. The fees are collected by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time the petition is filed, with the exception of blanket L-1 fees which are collected at the time applicant applies for the visa at the Embassy or Consulate.
The fees apply to first-time blanket L-1 applicants described above applying for visas based on a petition adjudicated on or after November 19, 2010 and beneficiaries of blanket L petitions that were renewed on or after August 14, where a visa is being issued for the first time under that renewal.
If the Border Security Act Fee is applicable, the employer is required to annotate the blanket L petition, form I-129S, and give to the employee for presentation with his or her visa application. The Border Security Act Fee is in addition to the Fraud Detection and Prevention fee and the MRV fee.