Update: President Obama Signs Omnibus Bill Into Law

On Friday, December 18, President Obama signed the omnibus bill into law, after being passed by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

The bill includes several provisions related to U.S. immigration,most notably a substantial fee increase for companies employing more than 50 employees with at least 50 percent in H-1B or L-1 status. The new law adds a fee of $4,000 per H-1B petition and $4,500 per L-1 petition for these types of employers, which is double the previous fee.

Other immigration provisions include a changes for the H2B Classification (some individuals previously counted against the H2B cap will be allowed to return in H2B status without being subject to the cap) and the Visa Waiver Program (foreign nationals who otherwise qualify to use the visa waiver program will lose the privilege if they visit certain countries, such as Syria or Iraq).

A full copy of the now signed bill is available here.