Understanding the ins and outs of the most popular U.S. work visa can save you both time and money. The H-1B has several fees that are unique and set it apart from other nonimmigrant visas.
Knowing what these fees are, how they should be paid, and who is responsible for them is essential to avoiding simple errors that can result in the rejection of your petition.
If you are filing for this visa for the 2020 season, this post will help you understand the H-1B visa fees.
1. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has posted a final rule (on 01/30/2019) amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the master’s degree exemption. For H1B Visa Process Visit UT Evaluators
The normal order of the lottery (master’s cap then regular cap) will be reversed for the 2020 H-1B season.
2. The premium processing suspension ended on January 28, 2019. This means that premium processing will only be available to H-1B petitions filed for the FY 2019 cap. There is no announcement regarding premium processing for the 2020 cap so far except that the suspension will continue for all H-1B petitions except those for the 2019 season.
3. 4/8 Update: The USCIS has announced that they have received enough H-1B petitions to fill the cap for 2020. The lottery will now be conducted as per the new changes, with the master’s cap being performed after the regular cap. We expect that the results will be posted within the next week, so check back here regularly to get the latest info as soon as it is released.
We’ll explore some frequently asked questions regarding H-1B visa fees such as:
A. Am I responsible for the filing cost or is my employer supposed to pay?
B. How much is the H-1B visa premium processing fee and will it guarantee an approval?
C. How do the H-1B processing fees compare to previous season? Have they increased?
D. What is the H-1B visa fee due to USCIS? What is the lawyer fee?
For those that learn visually, here is a detailed video describing the H-1B processing fees for 2019-2020 season. For more info on H1B Visa check Aspnetmenu
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.