H-1B Timing and Associated Fees Chart

All time estimates are from the date that a complete H-1B request is submitted to OIS. All fees listed are required fees unless otherwise noted.

Case Type

Fees

Premium
Processing
Time

Regular
Processing
Time

Travel

Change of Status
to H-1B
(in the U.S. in another
immigration status)
$325 filing fee

$500 anti-fraud fee

$1,225 fee for
Premium Processing
(Optional)
3 months to
obtain H-1B
petition approval
6 - 8 months to 
obtain approval
May NOT travel
outside the U.S.
while petition is
pending with USCIS.
H-1B transfer
(in the U.S with 
another H-1B employer)
$325 filing fee

$500 anti-fraud fee

$1,225 fee for
Premium Processing
(Optional)
3 months to
obtain H-1B
petition approval
3 months to receive 
receipt notice
(may start work before
USCIS approval)

6 - 8 months to 
obtain approval
May travel outside
the U.S.while H-1B
petition is pending
as long as H-1B
status with previous
employer has not
expired.
H-1B Extension
(currently employed by
UM in H-1B status)
$325 filing fee

$1,225 fee for
Premium Processing
(Optional)
3 months to
obtain H-1B
petition approval
3 months to receive 
receipt notice
(may continue working
while petition is pending)

6 - 8 months to 
obtain approval
May NOT travel
outside the U.S.
past expiration of
previous petition
until extension is
approved by USCIS.
H-1B Amendment
(substantive change(s)
to terms of employment
for current UM employee)
$325 filing fee

$1,225 fee for
Premium Processing
(Optional)
3 months to
obtain H-1B
petition approval
3 months to obtain
receipt notice
(does not require
approval to change
terms of employment)

6 - 8 months to
obtain approval
May travel outside
the U.S. while H-1B
petition is pending
as long as H-1B
status is still valid.
Consular Processing
(prospective employee
currently outside the U.S)
$325 filing fee

$500 anti-fraud fee

$1,225 fee for
Premium Processing
(Optional)
3 months to
obtain H-1B
petition approval

Visa issuance
time will vary by
consulate. Please
consult OIS.
6 - 8 months to
obtain approval.

Visa issuance time
will vary by consulate.
Please consult OIS.
May travel to the
U.S. upon issuance
of H-1B visa
(Canadian citizens
are exempt from
visa requirements;
H-1B petition
approval IS required.)
Concurrent H-1B
Employment
(someone currently in
the U.S. in H-1B status
and wishes to add UM
as an additional employer)
$325 filing fee

$500 anti-fraud fee

$1,225 fee for
Premium Processing
(Optional)
3 months to
obtain H-1B
petition approval
3 months to obtain
receipt notice
(may start work at UM
before USCIS approval).

6 - 8 months to
obtain approval.
May travel outside
the U.S. while
petition is pending
as long as
H-1B status with
primary employer
is still valid.