Fees and Checks

On 9/29/2020, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary national injunction against the enforcement of the new fee rule, which was scheduled to take effect on 10/2/2020. As a result, while the injunction remains in effect, the USCIS fees will not change and the processing time for Premium Processing remains at 15 calendar days instead of 15 business days. Please see this table for the current USCIS filing fees. Note that, as indicated in the schedule below, because of additional work required in the Adjustment of Status process, there is an additional legal fee that is not reflected in the old fee table.

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 expedited processing fee.
  • 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

  • On 10/30/19, USCIS announced that, effective 12/2/19, the fee for Premium Processing will be adjusted from $1,410 to $1,440. All petitions postmarked on or after 12/2/19 will need to include the new fee.
  • On 7/31/2020, USCIS announced that, effective 10/2/2020, its fee structure would change and that the permissible processing time for petitions and applications filed under Premium Processing would increase from 15 calendar days to 15 business days. All petitions postmarked on or after 10/2/2020 will need to include the new filing fees, as listed below
  • On 10/16/2020, USCIS announced that, effective 10/19/2020, the fee for Premium Processing will be adjusted from $1,440 to $2,500. All petitions postmarked on or after 10/19/2020 will need to include the new fee.
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 $1,055 Standard new/transfer: $2,355

$400 for in-country application for all dependents (I-539)

($390, if filed online)

Optional premium processing: $2,500 Premium new/transfer: $4,855
Extension/Amendment: $1,125 $555 Standard extension/amendment: $1,680
Optional premium processing: $2,500 Premium extension/amendment: $4,180
TN
Limited to Canadian/Mexican citizens
International Center In Country Petition: $1,000 $695 Standard: $1,695
Optional premium processing: $2,500 Premium Processing: $4,195
Travel Letter: $250 0 $250
E-3
Limited to Australian citizens
International Center In Country Petition: $1,000 $695 $1,695
Travel Petition: $400 0 $400
H-1B1
Limited to Chilean/Singaporean citizens
International Center In Country Petition: $1,000 $555 $1,555
Travel Petition: $400 0 $400
J-1 International Center 0 0 0 $220 SEVIS fee
O-1 Retained Counsel

Initial petition: $4,000

IC case management fee: $100

$705 Standard initial: $4,805 $350 for all dependents
Optional premium processing: $2,500 Premium initial: $7,305

Extension: $2,500

IC case management fee: $100

$705 Standard extension: $3,305
Optional premium processing: $2,500 Premium extension: $5,805

Green Card

Special Handling Labor Certification

All Positions w/ Teaching Duties

International Center

IC Processing: $1,825

AOS legal fee: $2,000**

IC case management fee: $100

I-140: $555

I-485: $1,130

Total: $1,685

$5,610
  • Medical Exams & Vaccinations
  • Pictures
  • AOS: $500/adult (age 14 and up) dependent + filing fee
  • I-944 filing fee for adult (age 14 and up) dependent: $250
  • AOS: $350/ 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 $2,500.
  • When filing the AOS, USCIS now charges separate filing fees for the optional EAD (I‐765) and Advance Parole (I‐131). While the legal fees for these applications are included in the normal legal fee, the filing fees are not. These fees may be paid by the unit. Filing fees are $490 (I‐765) and $585 (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: $2,000**

IC case management fee: $100

I-140: $555

I-485: $1,130

Total: $1,685

$5,785
Retained Counsel for Adjustment of Status (AOS) component Plus cost of recruitment

Green Card filed by Retained Counsel*

(EB-1, EB-2, EB-3 not otherwise filed by FSIS)

Retained Counsel

$3,000 + hourly rate for substantive Request for Evidence (RFE) or Audit

AOS legal fee: $2,000**

IC case management fee: $100

I-140: $555

I-485: $1,130

Total: $1,685

$6,785
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. 
** The AOS legal fee of $2,000 includes $1,500 for I‐485 (including the I‐765 and I‐131) + a separate $500 for the I‐944. The I‐944 is a required component of the AOS process.
J-Waiver (IGA/Conrad) Retained Counsel

Legal fee: $5,000

IC case management: $100

$515 $5,615 NA
Renewal of Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Advance Parole Travel Document - based on AOS Retained Counsel Legal fee: $350 $0 $350 $350 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.