It is important to pay careful attention to USCIS announcements so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest fees and prevent delays or rejections on account of submitting the wrong fee.
While the fees this year remain the same as last year, it is not wise to assume that this will always be the case. Be sure to regularly check the USCIS website for news and updates on the H-1B fees.
As of December 23, 2016, the basic filing fee for the I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker saw a large hike as they increased from $325 to $460. Make sure you include this new amount with your petition to have it filled correctly. For H1B Visa Process Visit UT Evaluators.
Also, the previously active Public Law 111-230 has been replaced by the new Public Law 114-113. This increases the additional fee from $2,000 to $4,000 for employers that have over 50 workers with more than half of those under H-1B or L-1 status.
This fee is not applicable to employers who are filing for an extension for the same employee or amended petitions. The Public Law fee must be paid in a separate check and made out to the Department of Homeland Security.
Additionally, the premium processing fee has increased significantly since the previous years. In October, 2018, the premium processing fee increased from $1,225 to $1,410. Be sure to include the correct payment or your premium processing request will be denied.
While this article covers all of the necessary and up-to-date fees, it is always a good idea to review your situation with your immigration attorney. This will help you get a better understanding of the total cost involved with obtaining an H-1B visa and help make sure that you are filing all of the correct fees to the right places.
How Can I Get a Refund?
Usually, the USCIS keeps the filing fees even if your petition is denied. However, there is an H-1B processing fee refund for all petitions that were not selected in the annual lottery. To know more information on H1B Visa visit Pasear-w
Other circumstances for a fee refund include:
A. If the USCIS requests a form that was not necessary and asked for a fee
B. If the amount requested was more than the appropriate amount
C. If the USCIS fails to adjudicate a petition that was filed with an H-1B premium processing fee in 15 calendar days.