On January 4, 2023, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a rule increasing fees for employers who petition for workers and sponsor them for permanent residence. USCIS also proposes a new program fee of $600 per visa petition to be paid by businesses for both temporary and permanent visa categories to fund the U.S. asylum program.
Advocacy is seeking feedback on the small businesses affected, compliance costs from this rule, and regulatory alternatives that would minimize the impact of this rule for small entities.
Proposed Fee Increases Include:
Written comments are due by March 6, 2023.
Please note that employers have to go through:
1)DOL to get a labor certification (that they need these workers)- this number of certifications is higher than what can be allowed in some cases.
2) USCIS to apply for a petition
3) State Department – to get the person through the consulate.
There is a lot of paperwork, requests for information, and problems with each of these steps.
Note that the H2A program will have a significant increase of fees and will heavily impact the state of Louisiana’s agricultural industry.
Contact: Janea Jamison
Regional Advocate- Region 6
Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico
SBA Office of Advocacy
Cell (504) 419-4857