H1B Visa Fees for 2012

What are the required fees to file H1B Visa application and total H1B Visa cost?

There are different H1B Visa  fees depending on the type of H1B visa petition.  Please refer to H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement (pages 17-19 of Form I-129) for detailed instructions on H1B Visa fees.

The following fees may be required with an H-1B petition:

  • Base filing fee ($325)
  • American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA) fee
    • Small Company ($750)
    • Large Company ($1500)
  • Fraud Prevention and Detection fee ($500)
  • Public Law 111-230 (Special Fee – $2000)
  • Premium Processing fee ($1,225)

H1B Visa Cost – Small Company

H1B Visa Cost - Small Company

For small companies (less than 25 Full time employees, cost of  H1B visa application $1575 + Attorney fees for H1B.

Additional fees to USCIS for Premium Processing.

H1B Visa Cost – Large Company

H1B Visa Cost Large Company

For large companies (more than 25 Full time employees, cost of  H1B visa application $2325 + Attorney fees for H1B.

Additional fees to USCIS for Premium Processing.

H1B Special Fees

H1B  Special Fees

H1B Visa – Attorney Fees

Immigration attorney (lawyer) fees can vary from $800  few thousand dollars. Depending on the experience of the attorney.

H1B Visa Attorney fees can be $800 or $2500. It all depends on the Immigration attorney and firm.

Typically small firm Immigration Attorney Fees will be less expensive.

Premium Processing Fees (PP)

$1,225 for employers seeking Premium Processing Service for H1B Visa applications.

H-1B petitions are eligible for the Premium Processing Service.  Petitioners may choose to file a Request for Premium Processing Service (Form I-907) to have their petition processed within 15 calendar days.

H4 Visa Fees

If you have dependent who need H4 Visa processing (application, extension, transfer) then additional fees for application and attorney may apply.

As you cna see, H1B Visa application fees can cost several thousand dollars.

H1B Visa Fees 2013

For H1B Visa 2013 Fiscal Year, above listed fees apply.

Same H1B Visa fees applies to H1B Visa Transfer, H1B Visa extension and new H1B petition.

H1B Visa Fees Refundable?

All the H1B Visa application fees are non-refundable.

IF USCIS cannot process H1B Visa application within 15 days for Premium Processing Service, then $1225 is refundable.

Next – Who can pay the H1B Visa fees?

27 Comments

  1. Al- Amin Kabir on April 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Can anyone plz tell me how can i do the H-1B premium processing from my country Bangladesh

  2. Humayun Kabir on April 8, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    may I know when required or which stage required dependent fees??

  3. Ayo on February 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Hi guys,
    I am currently on my CPT which runs for a year, I learned that I cannot get an OPT since my CPT is so long. My question is– will I be able to get a company to sponsor my H1B straight out of college without work experience since I cannot get an OPT. My major is Medical Laboratory Technology. Thanks!

  4. Div on January 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Hi All,

    Could any one please tell what is the cost for H4 visa processing. Is it just 190$ or anything extra also we need to pay. I already have H1, I was just inquiring about H4 for my new born Kid. What will be total cost involved?

    Thanks,
    Div

  5. mahesh on December 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    hi,
    this is Mahesh. i am currently working in india as an oracle apps dba consultant for almost 5 years in one mnc …so i want to know the process to apply for H1-B from india. Please tell how can i know the companies who will sponsor h1-B for IT consultants from india. Please share the websites and top consultancies who has their branches india and file H1-b.

    Please share the list of top companies/consultancies and what could be the estimated cost of h1-B to file from india as i heard it comes around 1.5L to 2.2L…..?

    looking forward for your response. Please shares the views and ideas.

    regards!
    Mahesh

  6. harin on October 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Hi,
    I appreciate for the info you provided in this. Could you please be detail about the special fees of $2000 for H1b.

  7. Gavy Bachher on May 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Hi,

    Can anyone tell me the fee for a H4(dependent of H1), please as I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

    Thanks
    G

    • HSB on May 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      What fee are you asking about? There is visa stamping fee.

      • Ram on July 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        Hi,

        What is the amount of additional fees for application and attorney (approx) for H4 processing per dependent, if it is done along with H1?

        I understand there is a visa stamping fee of $150 per applicant to go for stamping. Do H4 dependents have to pay just this amount or will they have to pay for application fee and Attorney too? If so how much?

        Thanks,
        Ram

        • HSB on July 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM

          Attorney charge small amount to process H4 in addition to H1b. Fees depends on the Attorney.

          • Ram on July 6, 2012 at 3:25 PM

            Thank you HSB.

            I think I understand now.
            For H4 dependents they only have to pay application fee (also known as stamping fee – approx $150 per head) + a small attorney fee (not to the tune of H1-b, but somewhat lesser – as quoted by the specific attorney).

            Please correct me if I’m wrong.

            When I filed for my H1b I don’t remember having mentioned about my dependents (may be I’m forgetting something here).
            After my petition was approved and when it was time for stamping, my employer just paid the stamping fee for myself and my 3 dependents.
            Then we all went for the stamping on the same day after taking appointment.
            I don’t see where attorney was involved in this case for my dependents.
            I will go back and refer my petition approval papers if I see any mention about my dependents there.

            Thank you for your reply.. Your blog is very useful for folks like us.



  8. uday on April 28, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    HI

    Please advice in a situation like thsi

    Employer files H1 but could get under this year’s quota,will this application is in queue for next year’s quota or again a new application is to be filed with all the fees? please advice

  9. megha on February 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    hey hi…!!!!

    could you tell me what are the documents required to apply for H4 visa?

  10. kib on February 13, 2012 at 2:46 AM

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  11. Vignesh on February 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Haha..vivek’s comment letter is awesome.

    • vivek singh on June 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      MY FRIEND VIGNESH YOU ARE THE WORLDS WISE MAN.OK BE HAPPY I AM STUPID.OK GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING HE HELPS EVERYONE..THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENT..TAKE CARE GOD BLESS YOU…

  12. vivek on February 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Dear sir do you sponser for H1B visa. i am vivek from india presently working in dubai UAE as a waiter in a chain restaurant.i want to work in US.so pleasehelp me to get job there in any outlet.
    i look forward to hea from you soon.
    thanks
    Warm regards
    vivek

    • ram nayak on April 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      vivek,

      u gotto be a moron. u deserve nothing more than uae

      ram

      • Suresh on April 22, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        Ram,
        Sometimes people are so desperate to achieve success and escape from the poor lives that they been suffering, they always don’t know where to seek the right help. They sometimes tend to stumble upon something in internet that might be carrying a issue of interest, which makes them immediately seek for help to that source. In process they might jump the guns too…or may sound totally irrelevant. I think, its ok for them to shoot these question(s), rather than not ask and continue to live the way they do. Who knows some one might be willing to help them. What is important is, we do not discourage people, and rather try to guide them with anything we might have.

        • vivek singh on June 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

          THANKS SURESH. ACTUALLY I AM NEW TO THE WORLD.I HAVE JUST PASSED MY COLLEGE AND DO NOT KNOW HAPPENINGS AROUND THE WORLD.I BELONGS TO MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY.I KNOW THE PAIN OF BEING POOR.WE HAVE LOTS OF DREAMS BUT I HAVE TO FIGHT WITH MY LIFE TO REACH MY DREAM.IF YOU GO FOR WORLDS RICHES PEOPLE THERE WERE POOR ALSO THEY WERE NOT RICH FROM BEGINNINGS.THANKS AGAIN FOR MOTIVATING ME.god bless you take care..

      • vivek singh on June 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        Dear Ram,
        you think you are enough smart.but you are wrong.i was first time on this website and i could not understand this website stands for what? i do not know what you do ? where you are? but i know you are a men and you are an Indian.try to help and motivate someone who is new to the world.nobody knows everything with birth.you may be billionaire.but i am here fighting with with my life and competitive world.know in this world is perfect.anyway GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS.TAKE CARE.
        THANKS FOR YOUR VALUABLE REPLY.

    • varun choubey on April 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Viviek i suggest you find better ays to apply for jobs rather than these good for nothing forums,and vignesh please dont be rude and keep quiet if u have nothing better to say

      • ac on June 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        Vivek, a lot of skilled labor might come under the category of chefs and cooks. I have personally seen people other than software or engineers come, with other special skills. Matter of fact, one time while flying, I came across a man from Azamgarh, UP, who didnt know a word of english, I filled his form given in airplane, but he held a US passport, he came as domestic help, for some high ranking officer in United Nations years back. I could just gape at him, with my higher qualifications but on the mercy of work visa. So don’t listen to condescending people like Nayak (I wont use his first name here as Lord Ram was so merciful and benevolent that even uttering his name absolves one of all sins!). Keep trying. Like I said as skilled cook in some Indian restraunt, but please be careful of fraud consultancies who might take your money under false promises. Fortunes can be overturned with God’s blessings, but keep trying. All the best!

        • ac on June 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

          Sorry, it should read, *fortunes can be overturned so be down to the earth and luck can favor if God’s blessings are with you. “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 NIV

        • mohan on December 30, 2012 at 12:20 AM

          ac, that was too good a reply !!
          too good, indeed!
          regards.

      • vivek singh on June 22, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        thanks a lot AC , VARUN , MATTHEW, YOU ARE SO NICE MAN.WHY SOME PEOPLE ARE GOOD AND SOME PEOPLE ARE BAD AT SAME POINT? WHY GOD DID NOT MAKE WORLD WITH BEAUTIFUL HEART.ONE MY MOM SAID, IF YOU DO WRONG ONE DAY YOU WILL GET PUNISHMENT OF YOUR BAD WORK.AND I BELIEVE THIS.I TRUST GOD.I FIGHT FOR MY LIFE AND I WAIT FOR MY FORTUNE.THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR KIND SUPPORT.
        GOD TAKE CARE OF GOOD PEOPLE..GOD HELP YOU ALWAYS…
        VIVEK

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