University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

H-1B &
Permanent Residence

Obtaining/Extending Status

Application Fees

U.S. Department of Labor regulations require that employers pay (and not recoup from employees) expenses required for H-1B applications.


The administrative fee for processing an H-1B/E-3/O-1 petition is $1100 (payable via EFS).


All checks should be made payable to the Department of Homeland Security, written in full (EFS vendor code: 0000000054). You may select any address when requesting the check, but the check must be given to ISSS, not mailed directly to that address.

  • $460: Standard filing fee required for all applications.
  • $500 (must be separate check): Antifraud fee required for new and transfer applications only; not required for extensions.
  • $1,225 (may be combined with $460 check): Premium Processing is an expedited service that is available for H-1B petitions. USCIS guarantees that within 15 calendar days they will issue either a an I-797 Approval Notice or a request for evidence. If the USCIS fails to process the petition within 15 days, it will refund the $1,225. Premium processing may be requested simultaneously with the H-1B application or at a later date, if necessary.
  • $370: H-4 dependent (Form I-539) standard filing fee, if dependents are included in the application. All dependents can be included on one Form I-539 with one $370 fee, which can be paid by the employee or the department.

FedEx Charges

ISSS sends all employment-based visa petitions by FedEx. The employing department will be charged for the shipment of the petition to the USCIS California Service Center, and for the shipment of the approval notice to the coordinate campus, if applicable. Please notify your finance staff so that they do not misinterpret this charge and send the bill to ISSS.