Public Law 111-230, signed by President Obama on August 13, 2010, requires the submission of an additional fee of $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions – those being from H-1B or L-1 petitioners that employ 50 or more employees in the United States with more than 50 percent of their employees in the United States in H-1B, L-1A or L-1B nonimmigrant status. The fee increase applies to covered petitions with a postmark date of August 14, 2010 or later. For petitions sent via courier services, the fee applies to filing packets picked up by the courier on August 14, 2010 or later. The new fee does not apply to extension requests filed by the same petitioner for the same employee. More information can be found on the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov.