H-1B Petition Fees

The USCIS fee for the H-1B petition is $460. USCIS requires employers to pay an additional $500 Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee when filing “initial” or “change of employer” petitions. (The $500 fee does not apply to H-1B “extension” petitions.) These two fee payments must be separate (not combined-amount) checks.

Premium Processing is an option to expedite the H-1B petition with USCIS. The fee is an additional $1,410, paid by the employing department. This fee must be paid using a separate check from the fees mentioned above.

It is the responsibility of the employing department to pay the USCIS fees listed above on behalf of the beneficiary of the H-1B petition. The department may not be reimbursed by the beneficiary.  To determine allowability of paying immigration and visa fees through federal grants, contact Grant and Contract Accounting at GCAhelp@uw.edu.

How to request checks through UW Procurement Services and Ariba:

  • US Department of Homeland Security check requests will be processed as a non-PO invoice in Ariba.  If you do not have non-PO invoice access in Ariba, see the Procurement Services website for instruction on how to obtain Ariba access for submitting a non-PO invoice.
  • Follow the step-by-step instructions in this Power Point Guide. It will walk you through each step of the process.
  • Prepare a separate non-PO invoice for each fee check and allow 48 hours for processing. Please note: You must complete a separate non-PO invoice per check. Ariba will not send you separate checks if combined into one invoice and USCIS will not accept combined fee payments.
  • Be sure the supplier is “US DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.”
  • Use the H-1B beneficiary’s last name and first name as the reference/invoice/description, along with visa type (e.g. H-1B, I-140, etc.)
  • Be sure to select ‘Yes’ to ‘Send check to UW campus Box’ Enter Box number and/or pickup details.
  • Once received, forward the checks to International Scholars Operations (ISO) along with the other supporting documentation

ISO will send the checks with the H-1B petition and supporting documents to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DO NOT send the checks directly to USCIS.

In addition to the fees listed above, departments are charged a processing fee of $235, payable by cost transfer invoice (CTI), for each H-1B petition. Federal and non-federal budgets may be used to pay the processing fee (subject to the terms and conditions of the grant sponsor). Departments may not seek reimbursement of the processing fee from the H-1B beneficiary. CTI budget documentation will be sent to the Budget Contact listed on the UW H Visa Request Form.