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As originally announced on 03/30/2023, H-1B Departmental Contacts will see an additional field on the “Information About the Position” eForm requesting a single Cost Center or Internal Order (CC/IO). Within one week of assigning the case to an H-1B advisor, OIS will request all checks related to USCIS fees directly from Accounts Payable, to include the base I-129 fee and the USCIS Premium Processing fee, along with the H-1B anti-fraud fee, when applicable. OIS will execute a single cost transfer for the total of all USCIS checks plus shipping cost recovery to the CC/IO you provide in the “Information About the Position” eForm. If you provide multiple CC/IO, OIS will use the first CC/IO provided.

During the period of transition to the new check request process, Departments should carefully read OIS correspondence. If you are unsure if you should request checks for a case you recently initiated, please email before submitting a check request.

H-1B Filing Fees

The Department of Labor considers H-1B filing fees a business expense. As such, the sponsoring department is responsible for H-1B filing fees.

H-1B I-129 Fee$460All H-1B cases
Department of Homeland Security Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee$500Any H-1B case 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$2,500USCIS will have 15 calendar days to adjudicate a case under Premium Processing. This could be an approval, a request for additional evidence or a denial. 
What is Premium Processing?

“Premium Processing” is a separate application filed with USCIS by the employer to expedite adjudication of an H-1B application. For H-1B applications using Premium Processing, USCIS has 15 calendar days to make a decision on the case. Premium Processing does not speed up H-1B processing in the OIS, LCA processing at the Department of Labor, nor visa issuance by a U.S. Consulate.

Return Transportation Costs

If an H-1B 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 H-1B beneficiary to their last place of foreign residence. [This does not apply when the beneficiary voluntarily terminates employment]. Although no penalty is specified, should the employer fail to offer to pay the reasonable cost of a one-way airline ticket, a complaint from the H-1B beneficiary asserting non-compliance may be considered by USCIS in its adjudication of future petitions from the employer. USCIS expects the employer to meet this obligation, although it does not directly verify compliance. At JHU, return transportation costs will be the responsibility of the hiring department.