H-1B Fee Requirements

The department is responsible for all fees/costs associated with the processing of the beneficiary’s (employees) visa sponsorship and the cost for derivative dependents (spouse and children) is optional.  Please note, the Administrative Service fee are separate from the USCIS application fees and external legal counsel fees .  The specific filing fees associated with these processes are outlined on the Fee Schedule.


Individuals are permitted to choose their own legal counsel.  However, attorney selection must be made from the Medical Center’s approved Immigration Attorney Referral List in coordination with the VISA office.  

There are various fees charged in H-1B applications, some may be paid by the employee, some must be paid by the employer; please review the list below for details. When indicated below that the scholar may pay a fee it must also be demonstrated that by paying the fee the scholar’s annual income (salary) does not fall below the prevailing wage (see Prevailing Wage). All fees should be on separate checks, all made payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”

Cedars-Sinai Internal Administrative Fee
The Academic Human Resources-Visa & International Services Administration (VISA) charges an administrative service fee for the processing of applications in connection with requests for issuance or sponsorship of visa statuses.  These fees are used to offset the administrative costs associated with the preparation, submission and administration of CSMC’s Exchange Visitor Program, nonimmigrant (temporary) and immigrant (permanent) visa applications to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the United States Department of State.  These fees are not charged, or in any way deemed to be related to legal counsel, advice or consultation. The fees are outlined on the Administrative Fee Schedule .

H-1B Petition Filing Fee
The base petition fee, for the filing of the H-1B petition (I-129), is $325. This fee must be paid by the department.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
California Service Center
ATTN: CAP EXEMPT H-1B PROCESSING UNIT
24000 Avila Road, Room 2312
Laguna Nigel, CA 92677

Employer $500 Anti-Fraud Fee
This "government fraud protection/detection fee" is a one-time fee. This fee is required for any employee seeking H-1B status with CSMC for the first time, even if they are already in the U.S. in H-1B status with another employer. This fee is not required for H-1B Exension requests.  This fee must be paid by the employer.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
California Service Center
ATTN: CAP EXEMPT H-1B PROCESSING UNIT
24000 Avila Road, Room 2312
Laguna Nigel, CA 92677

(Optional) Expedited Processing Fee
Premium Processing is the USCIS expedited processing in which they will adjudicate an application within 15 business days. This process only affects the last step of the H-1B process, and does not change the Department of Labor steps which proceed it.  Premium Processing is not normally necessary with H-1B extensions, speak to an VISA Immigration Partner for details. The fee for Premium Processing is an additional $1,225. This fee should be paid by the department if the expedited service is needed due to business necessity i.e. travel for CSMC sponsored events and activities.  The H-1B employee should pay if the reasons are for personal needs i.e. renewing Driver License or personal travel plans.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
California Service Center
PREMIUM PROCESSING
ATTN: CAP EXEMPT H-1B PROCESSING UNIT
24000 Avila Road, Room 2312
Laguna Nigel, CA 92677

Family Members
Dependent application for H-4 status for any amount of family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) is $290 (I-539 fee). This fee may be paid by the department or the scholar.

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