H1B visa is one of the most procured visas by those who wish to work in the United States of America, for a specified period of time.
It is a non-immigrant visa that has been issued by the U.S, and allows companies in the States to employ workers from abroad, for occupations wherein technical expertise in certain subjects such as architecture, engineering, mathematics and science along with knowledge in other areas is required. Individuals will have to possess a bachelor’s degree at least, in order to procure this visa.
This visa will remain in status as long as the employee/employer relationship is in progress, irrespective of whether the individual is working full time or part time. Leaves can also be applied for. Individuals will have to apply for this visa and will also have to pay the required fee. As of 2016 & 2017, there has been a slight increase in the fee that will have to be paid.
The table below will illustrate the fee that will have to be paid by workers for h1b visa and related applications for the year 2017 - 2018
|Type of Fee||Amount of Fee (in USD)||Other Details||Who pays for this and why|
|Basic Fee for Visa Filing||$325||For all petitions||H1B sponsor or employer, as it is the employer who has hired the worker and wishes to bring him to the States.|
|AICWA or American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 fee||$750 $1500||For employers who have 1-25 full time employees For employers who have 26 or more employees||H1B sponsor or employer, as it is their business expense.|
|Fraud Prevent and Detection Fee||$500||Applies to new H1B and for Change of employer(s) petitions.||Employer, as it is their business expense and is mandated by the law.|
|Fee that is based on Public Law 114-113||$4000||Applicable only if more than half the employees are on L1 visa or H1B visa status||Employer, as it is their business expense and is mandated by the law.|
|Premium Processing fee (if needed urgently)||$1,225||For quicker procurement of visa||Optional. In case it is borne by the employee, then the employer has to provide reasons for it.|
|Immigration Attorney Fee||$500-$3000||Varies based on the attorney||Employer, as it is their business expense and is mandated by the law.|
|H1b visa stamping fees||Varies, depending on the country||This is for availing H1B visa at the US consulate||Employee as all costs needed to obtain visa such as credential translation will have to be borne by him/her.|
The h1b visa fees mentioned above are a general indication of the costs that are required for visa procurement. As is observed, procuring a visa does not just involve filling up a form and submitting it along with necessary documents, there are other legalities and fees involved. However, these prices may vary and individuals are requested to contact the USCIS or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service for further details.
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