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H-1B Petition Required Fees

By Bill at March 17, 2016 00:48
Filed Under: Visa Knowledge

There are different fees depending on the type of H-1B petition you are submitting. Please refer to the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement for detailed instructions on fees. 

All petitioners must pay a base filing fee of $325 for each petition filed.

Where do I find the instructions on fees?

What version of Form I-129 are you using?

Find the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement on:

Revision date of Aug. 13, 2015

Pages 19-21

Revision date on/after Oct. 23, 2014, but before Aug. 13, 2015

Pages 19-21

 

In addition to the base filing fee, you may need to pay one of the following fees for a petition subject to the cap:

American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA) fee:

  • $750 for employers with 1 to 25 full-time equivalent employees, unless exempt
  • $1,500 for employers with 26 or more full-time equivalent employees, unless exempt

Where do I find the ACWIA fee information?

What version of Form I-129 are you using?

Find ACWIA fee information in:

Revision date of Aug. 13, 2015

Section 2

Revision date on/after Oct. 23, 2014, but before Aug. 13, 2015

Section 2 of the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement

 

Fraud Prevention and Detection fee:

  • $500 to be submitted with a request for initial H-1B status or with a request for a beneficiary already in H-1B status to change employers. (This fee does not apply to Chile/Singapore H-1B1 petitions.)

 

Public Law 114-113 fee:

  • $4,000 for petitioners who:
  • Employ 50 or more employees in the United States and more than 50% of those employees are in H-1B or L-1 nonimmigrant status; andMust be submitted with a request for initial H-1B status or a request for a beneficiary already in H-1B status to change employers

 

Premium processing fee (required only when requesting these services):

  • $1,225 for employers seeking Premium Processing Service.

 

Checks

Check must be:

·         Payable to the Department of Homeland Security,

·         Dated within the last six months, and

·         Include the proper amount and signature. 

 

We prefer that you submit a separate check for each fee. For example, if you are required to pay the base filing fee, the ACWIA fee, and the premium processing fee, you should submit three separate checks. If you only submit one check as combined payment for all applicable fees and certain fees do not apply or are incorrect , we may reject your H-1B petition.

 

Money Orders

Money orders must be properly endorsed.

Incorrect Filing Fee

USCIS will reject all petitions submitted with the incorrect filing fee.

NOTE: If you fail to submit a premium processing fee, we will not reject your petition; rather, your petition will not receive premium processing.  

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