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Filing Fees

IMPORTANT: I-129 fee will increase from $325 to $460 on 12/23/16.

The Department of Labor considers H-1B filing fees a business expense. As such, the sponsoring department must provide the OIS with JH-issued checks made payable to the Department of Homeland Security: USCIS to cover all filing fees. A separate check from the department is required for each applicable fee.  Even though they have the same payee, all fees must be in separate checks. Do not mail checks to USCIS. All checks must be submitted to the OIS and have the name of the foreign national, whose case the fee relates to, clearly marked on the check.

 

FEE DESCRIPTIONAMOUNTWHEN REQUIRED
Standard I-129 Fee$460All cases
Department of Homeland Security Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee$500Any cases where the individual: 1) does not currently work for JH or 2) works for JH but is not already in H-1B status
USCIS Premium Processing Fee*$1225Optional, for a 15-day expedited response time from USCIS; a response may constitute an approval OR a request for additional information

*Premium Processing resumes on 7/24/17.  Premium Processing ONLY expedites processing at the USCIS stage.  It does NOT speed up processing in OIS or the US Department of Labor, or issuance of the H-1B visa stamp by the US Department of State if the individual is waiting abroad for approval of the H-1B petition by USCIS.  Premium processing solely for the convenience of the foreign national should be paid by the individual.  Meeting a certain JH start date or other work-related reasons do not constitute convenience of the foreign national; personal travel and family issues do, as well as rushing a change of status to H-1B when one is not necessary from an employment perspective.

 

 

Return Transportation Costs

If an H1B beneficiary’s employment is terminated before the end of the authorized period of stay, the sponsoring department will be responsible for paying the reasonable costs of return transportation for the H1B beneficiary to their last place of foreign residence. [The exception is when the beneficiary voluntarily terminates employment]. Although no penalty is specified, should the employer fail to pay the required trip expenses, a complaint from the H1B beneficiary asserting non-compliance may be considered by the USCIS in its adjudication of future petitions from the employer.  The USCIS expects the employer to meet this obligation, although it does not directly verify compliance. At JHU, JHH and JHHS, return transportation costs will be the responsibility of the hiring department.