It’s important to have a thorough understanding of all these costs prior to filing to avoid any unwelcome surprises. Since there are some gray areas regarding who is responsible for certain fees, it is advised to consult an immigration attorney with your case specifics.
As previously mentioned, the sponsoring company or employer should take care of handling the H-1B visa fees for 2018 (with the exception of third party costs). With that said, it’s still necessary for all parties to be completely aware of the H-1B filing fees charged.
There are a number of factors to take into consideration, as outlined below:
A. Standard (Basic Filing) Fee:
The standard (basic) H-1B filing fee is $460 for the I-129 petition. This H-1B visa fee is also applicable to transfers, amendments, and renewals. For H1B Visa Evaluation Visit here
B. ACWIA (Training) Fee:
For employers who have between 1-25 full-time workers, the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act fee is $750. For employers with 26 or more full-time employees, the fee is $1,500. Some organizations are exempt from this training fee including non-profits with affiliations to educational institutions, governmental research organizations, primary/secondary educational institutions, etc.
C. Fraud Prevention & Detection Fee:
This $500 fee is applicable to new H-1B petitioners or those changing employers. It exists to help the USCIS ferret out those who plan to use this visa fraudulently. This H-1B visa fee is not required for extensions with the same sponsoring employer.
D. Public Law 114-113 Fee:
This H-1B visa fee is applicable to companies that have upwards of 50 employees with over half on H-1B or L1 status. The additional fee for these companies is $4,000.
E. Optional Fees:
Premium processing is an option available to those who want to expedite the H-1B visa process. This service is offered by the Department of Homeland Security and guarantees a 15-day processing time frame. In order to use this feature, you must complete form I-907 along with the $1,225 fee. Again, this is one of the optional visa fees. Another optional expense is if family members apply to be H4 dependents of the applicant by filling out form DS-160.
F. Attorney Fees (vary):
H-1B attorney fees can vary tremendously. We offer a flat fee for our services.