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Filing and Other Fees and Checks


  • Basic fee: $460 Fee must be paid by Stanford in the form of a check drawn on the Stanford account
  • Additional Premium Processing: $2,500  May be paid by the department or the beneficiary. For H-1 petitions, however, it must be paid by the department if payment by the employee would cause the salary to drop below the prevailing wage. For all types, the use of Premium Processing guarantees a response from USCIS within fifteen business days. This fee is in addition to the basic fee
  • Anti Fraud Fee (H-1 only): $500 for initial and port (transfer) petitions only If the beneficiary is not currently in H-1B status under Stanford's H-1B sponsorship, the $500 Anti-Fraud fee is required. Fee must be paid by Stanford in the form of a check drawn on the Stanford account. The beneficiary is prohibited by USCIS regulations from paying this fee.
  • Dependents: $370: The $85 biometrics fee has been suspended for H-4 and E-3D dependents until May 2023:, but for the dependents of O-1, that is, O-3 dependents, an additional $85 biometrics fee must accompany Form I-539 and Form I-539A for each dependent.

Checks should be drawn separately, per USCIS policy, so do not combine payments into a single check. Make checks payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It's recommended to request checks via Will Call. Do not ask Financial Management Services to void a check ordered for a Homeland Security/CIS filing fee.

As of September 1, 2020, departments and other hiring units will be assessed an institutional fee of $375 for each H petition submitted. This fee is in effect for all new and extension, change of status, consular processing or port requests. No fee will be assessed for amendments that do not include an extension beyond the current stay. No check is required for this fee, which is collected by entry of a PTA in Workflow (must be a non-sponsored PTA). Please note that a 50% refund can be requested for H petitions received by Bechtel but cancelled before a Labor Condition Application was filed. No refund of the institutional fee will be provided for H petitions for which a Labor Condition Application has been submitted.

Checks are not necessary for E-3 or TN applicants who are applying in their home country or elsewhere outside the US.


Please note: Do not send checks directly to USCIS. Please include the checks in the document packet or deliver them to Bechtel.

Department of Homeland Security is a vendor in Expense Requests. The address for H-1 and O-1 petitions is:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
California Service Center
24000 Avila Road Room 2312
Laguna Niguel CA 92677

The address for TN and E-3 submissions is:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Vermont Service Center
38 River Road
Essex Junction, VT 05479-0001


Address for TN/E-3 Premium Processing is different:

Premium Processing Service
USCIS Vermont Service Center
30 River Road
Essex Junction, VT 05452-3808