Fees and Checks

On 1/4/2023, USCIS proposed a new fee schedule for most of its petitions and applications. This proposal remains under review, but it is anticipated that USCIS will announce its new fee structure in early 2024. Separately, USCIS announced an increase in its Premium Processing fee, which will take effect 2/26/2024. The fee schedule below is correct as of 1/10/24 (with an effective date of 2/26/2024).

Department Responsibility

  • Departments are responsible for paying the USCIS filing fees and U-M International Center processing fees associated with an immigrant or nonimmigrant petition.
  • If the department requires a quick decision from USCIS, the department is responsible for paying the USCIS Premium Processing fee. Employment-based petitions filed under Premium Processing must normally be considered by USCIS within 15 calendar days.
  • Departments must pay the U-M International Center case processing fee by University shortcode. The USCIS filing fee must be paid by U-M check made out to Department of Homeland Security and sent to the U-M International Center. Specific instructions will be provided at the point a department submits a case request.
  • In the case of a cancelled request, FSIS may issue a partial refund of the IC processing fee. The amount of the refund depends on at what stage the request is cancelled.

Foreign National Responsibility

  • Foreign national employees are responsible for paying USCIS filing fees associated with their dependents, and may pay this fee by credit card (if filed online), personal check, certified check or money order made out to Department of Homeland Security. The hiring unit may elect to cover this cost.
  • If the foreign national elects USCIS expedited processing for his/her own (non work-related) convenience, s/he is responsible for providing a personal check to cover the fee.
  • The foreign national is responsible for paying the fees related to the visa application at the U.S. consulate. Note that citizens of certain countries may have to pay a visa application fee (MRV fee) as well as an additional reciprocity fee, as listed in the Department of State’s “US Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Fee Schedule for Employment Based Visas

  • Effective 2/26/2024, the Premium Processing fee will be adjusted from $2,500 to $2,805.
Type Preparer Legal or International Center Processing Fee US Government Filing Fees Total Hiring Unit Expenses Other/ Dependent Costs (excl. cost associated w/ visa application). These costs are not a department responsibility.
H-1B International Center New/Transfer: $1,300 $960 Standard new/transfer: $2,260

$370 for in-country application for all dependents + $85 per dependent family member (biometrics fee) 

($85 fee suspended for H-4 and E-3)

Optional premium processing: $2,805 Premium new/transfer: $5,065
Extension/Amendment: $1,300 $460 Standard extension/amendment: $1,760
Optional premium processing: $2,805 Premium extension/amendment: $4,565
TN
Limited to Canadian/Mexican citizens
International Center In Country Petition: $1,000 $460 Standard: $1,460
Optional premium processing: $2,805 Premium Processing: $4,265
Travel Letter: $250 0 $250
E-3
Limited to Australian citizens
International Center In Country Petition: $1,000 $460 Standard: $1,460
Optional premium processing: $2,805 Premium Processing: $4,265
Travel Petition: $400 0 $400
H-1B1
Limited to Chilean/Singaporean citizens
International Center In Country Petition: $1,000 $460 $1,460
Travel Petition: $400 0 $400
J-1 International Center 0 0 0 $220 SEVIS fee
O-1 Retained Counsel

Initial petition: $4,200

IC case management fee: $390

$460 Standard initial: $5,050 $385 for all dependents
Optional premium processing: $2,805 Premium initial: $7,855

Extension: $2,750

IC case management fee: $390

$460 Standard extension: $3,600
Optional premium processing: $2,805 Premium extension: $6,405

Green Card

Special Handling Labor Certification

All Positions w/ Teaching Duties

International Center

IC Processing: $1,825

AOS legal fee: $1,650

IC case management fee: $390

I-140: $700

I-485: $1,140 + $85

Total: $1,925

$5,790
  • Medical Exams & Vaccinations
  • Pictures
  • AOS: $550/adult dependent + filing fee
  • AOS: $385/minor under the age of 14 + filing fee
  • AOS complications
  • NOTE: The I-140 (Immigrant Petition) can be filed under Premium Processing. This is optional. The government filing fee for this service is $2,805.
  • EAD (I‐765) and Advance Parole (I‐131)
Retained Counsel for Adjustment of Status (AOS) component Plus cost of recruitment, if applicable

Green Card

Basic Labor Certification filed by FSIS

Research Faculty

International Center

IC Processing: $2,000

AOS legal fee: $1,650

IC case management fee: $390

I-140: $700

I-485: $1,140 + $85

Total: $1,925

$5,965
Retained Counsel for Adjustment of Status (AOS) component Plus cost of recruitment

Green Card filed by Retained Counsel*

EB-1, EB-2, EB-3

Retained Counsel

$4,000 + hourly rate for substantive Request for Evidence (RFE) or Audit

AOS legal fee: $1,650

IC case management fee: $390

I-140: $700

I-485: $1,140 + $85

Total: $1,925

$7,965
Plus cost of recruitment, if applicable
* The University of Michigan generally does not sponsor green card applications that do not require employer sponsorship, such as EB-1a, NIW or family-based applications. 
Green Card (PERM) Upgrade/Downgrade International Center $250 $700 $950 N/A
J-Waiver (IGA/Conrad) Retained Counsel

Legal fee: $5,000

IC case management: $390

$120 $5,510 N/A
Renewal of Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Advance Parole Travel Document - based on AOS Retained Counsel Legal fee: $385 $0 $385 $385 per dependent; form filing fees may be paid by the unit

 

For printable PDF version of the table, refer to the Fee Schedule for Employment Based Visas.