Fraud Prevention and Detection – Are these fees mandatory when applying for my L-1 Blanket Visa?

qaQuestion:  Are the Fraud Prevention and Detection fees mandatory when applying for my L-1 Blanket Visa?


Answer:  Any applicant who is the primary applicant of a Blanket L-1 Visa petition will need to pay the Fraud Prevention and Detection fees. The amount will be determined by the size of the business, how big or small the company is. The prices will increase as the size of the company increases. The prices will begin from US$500 to US$2,000 to US$2,250. The United States petitioner will be the one who needs to pay this fraud prevention fee and detection fee when applying for an L, H-1B and H2-B petitions when they submit the petition with the United States Citizens and Immigration Services. The petition pays the necessary fees at the Embassy/Consulate with a demand draft/cashier’s check. The consular cashier collects the fees.

If an applicant is to apply for an L-1 Visa under the L Blanket petition, then the primary applicant will have to pay the $500 fee. This fee will have to be paid each time a new I-129-S is handed in. The fee may increase to $2,000 or $2,250 if the applicant indicated that on the I-129.

In addition, the additional fee is for the Border Security Act. Inquire about this with the United States Citizen and Immigration Services agent.