Non-Immigrant Processes

 UAB SOMHSF/ValleyUAB non-SOMSouthern Research

H-1B (new/first)

$3,585

$4,285

$1,035

$4,285

H-1B extension

$3,035

$3,785

$535

$3,785

O-1 (new/first)

$3,035

$3,785

$535

$3,785

O-1 extension

$3,035

$3,785

$535

$3,785

 

H-1B Processes

New Hire or Change of Status (i.e., employee’s first time obtaining H-1B work authorization)

  • USCIS base filing fee for Form I-129: $960
  • Additional USCIS premium processing fee for adjudication within 15 days: $2,500 
    • SOM departments REQUIRED to pay this fee 
      • If dually-appointed clinical faculty requiring two petitions, premium processing is required for the first (usually UAB) petition. The department and employee can decide if they want premium processing for the second (usually HSF) petition, and if so, who will pay.
    • In other schools, either the employee or the department can pay the premium processing fee unless having the employee pay the $2,500 fee would reduce the employee’s pay below the DOL prevailing wage level. 
    • See the Check Request Memo included in every ISSS packet and the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division Fact Sheet #62H.
    • Given the need for employees to provide USCIS approval notices for driving and medical licenses, ISSS strongly recommends always requesting premium processing whenever possible.
  • Additional $60 processing fee for petitions where UAB is the sponsoring employer (pending introduction of new software in late Spring 2021; until new software is introduced, no processing fee will be assessed)
  • Additional $810 processing fee for petitions where HSF, Valley, or Southern Research is the sponsoring employer* (pending introduction of new software in late Spring 2021; until new software introduced, processing fee will remain at the current $750)
  • UPS/FedEx courier charge for shipping the petition to USCIS (usually $15-30)

Bottom line approximate costing for initial H-1B sponsorship: 

$3,535 for UAB School of Medicine petitions

$4,285 for HSF and Valley Foundation School of Medicine petitions

$1,035 for UAB non-School of Medicine petitions

$4,285 for Southern Research petitions

Extension

  • USCIS base filing fee for Form I-129: $460
  • Additional USCIS premium processing fee for adjudication within 15 days: $2,500 
    • SOM departments REQUIRED to pay this fee 
      • If dually-appointed clinical faculty requiring two petitions, premium processing is required for the first (usually UAB) petition. The department and employee can decide if they want premium processing for the second (usually HSF) petition, and if so, who will pay.
    • In other schools, either the employee or the department can pay the premium processing fee unless having the employee pay the $2,500 fee would reduce the employee’s pay below the DOL prevailing wage level. 
    • See the Check Request Memo included in every ISSS packet and the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division Fact Sheet #62H.
    • Given the need for employees to provide USCIS approval notices for driving and medical licenses, ISSS strongly recommends always requesting premium processing whenever possible.
  • Additional $60 processing fee for petitions where UAB is the sponsoring employer (pending introduction of new software in late Spring 2021; until new software is introduced, no processing fee will be assessed)
  • Additional $810 processing fee for petitions where HSF, Valley, or Southern Research is the sponsoring employer* (pending introduction of new software in late Spring 2021; until new software introduced, processing fee will remain at the current $750)
  • UPS/FedEx courier charge for shipping the petition to USCIS (usually $15-30)

Bottom line approximate costing for extending H-1B sponsorship: 

$3,035 for UAB School of Medicine petitions

$3,785 for HSF and Valley School of Medicine petitions

$535 for UAB non-School of Medicine petitions

$3,785 for Southern Research petitions


O-1 Processes

New Hire or Change of Status (i.e., employee’s first time obtaining O-1 work authorization)

  • USCIS base filing fee for Form I-129: $460
  • Additional USCIS premium processing fee for adjudication within 15 days: $2,500 
    • SOM departments REQUIRED to pay this fee 
      • If dually-appointed clinical faculty requiring two petitions, premium processing is required for the first (usually UAB) petition. The department and employee can decide if they want premium processing for the second (usually HSF) petition, and if so, who will pay.
    • In other schools, either the employee or the department can pay the premium processing fee. 
    • See the Check Request Memo included in every ISSS packet and the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division Fact Sheet #62H.
    • Given the need for employees to provide USCIS approval notices for driving and medical licenses, ISSS strongly recommends always requesting premium processing whenever possible.
  • Additional $60 processing fee for petitions where UAB is the sponsoring employer (pending introduction of new software in late Spring 2021; until new software is introduced, no processing fee will be assessed)
  • Additional $810 processing fee for petitions where HSF, Valley, or Southern Research is the sponsoring employer* (pending introduction of new software in late Spring 2021; until new software introduced, processing fee will remain at the current $750)
  • UPS/FedEx courier charge for shipping the petition to USCIS (usually $15-30)

Bottom line approximate costing for initial O-1 sponsorship: 

$3,035 for UAB School of Medicine petitions

$3,785 for HSF and Valley School of Medicine petitions

$535 for UAB non-School of Medicine petitions

$3,785 for Southern Research petitions

Extension 

  • USCIS base filing fee for Form I-129: $460
  • Additional USCIS premium processing fee for adjudication within 15 days: $2,500 
    • SOM departments REQUIRED to pay this fee 
      • If dually-appointed clinical faculty requiring two petitions, premium processing is required for the first (usually UAB) petition. The department and employee can decide if they want premium processing for the second (usually HSF) petition, and if so, who will pay.
    • In other schools, either the employee or the department can pay the premium processing fee. 
    • See the Check Request Memo included in every ISSS packet and the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division Fact Sheet #62H.
    • Given the need for employees to provide USCIS approval notices for driving and medical licenses, ISSS strongly recommends always requesting premium processing whenever possible.
  • Additional $60 processing fee for petitions where UAB is the sponsoring employer (pending introduction of new software in late Spring 2021; until new software is introduced, no processing fee will be assessed)
  • Additional $810 processing fee for petitions where HSF, Valley, or Southern Research is the sponsoring employer* (pending introduction of new software in late Spring 2021; until new software introduced, processing fee will remain at the current $750)
  • UPS/FedEx courier charge for shipping the petition to USCIS (usually $15-30)

Bottom line approximate costing for extending O-1 sponsorship: 

$3,035 for UAB School of Medicine petitions

$3,785 for HSF and Valley School of Medicine petitions

$535 for UAB non-School of Medicine petitions

$3,785 for Southern Research petitions


Permanent Residence Processes

 UABHSF/ValleySouthern Research
EB-1B $3,215

Not eligible b/c not research/teaching

$4,215

EB-2 PERM

$7,275-$12,275

$8,275

$8,275

Other

Variable depending on department’s willingness/ability to assist employees with non-employment-based permanent residence paths 

 

EB-1B Category for Outstanding Professor/Researcher

This is for faculty and clinical faculty holding a tenure-track UAB position and for individuals with “permanent” research positions, such as Researcher and Scientist career ladders—NOT postdocs.

  • USCIS base filing fee for Form I-140: $700 (department almost always pays this fee)
  • Additional USCIS premium processing fee for adjudication within 15 days: $2,500 (Department sometimes pays this fee when necessary to preserve employment authorization timeline, other times asks the employee to pay. This is clearly explained on the Check Request Memo sent to the administrator when EB-1B sponsorship is confirmed.)
  • UPS/FedEx courier charge for shipping the petition to USCIS (usually $15-30)

ISSS drafts, reviews, and processes all EB-1B petitions in-house, even if the sponsored employee wishes to retain their own attorney to help collect recommendation letters. No outside attorney can file an EB-1B petition on behalf of UAB, and UAB is not required to pay the attorney fees for any employee choosing to retain their own attorney. An outside attorney is not necessary. ISSS has a tested and templated process that routinely obtains USCIS approvals in the EB-1B category for employees who do not retain an outside attorney. Clinical faculty who are 100% funded by HSF and/or who do not have a tenure-track appointment with UAB are not eligible for EB-1B sponsorship. HSF sponsors clinical faculty only in the EB-2 PERM category, below.

EB-2 PERM Category for Other Clinical Faculty, Researchers, Scientists, IT Professionals Where Possible, etc.

This category is for employees whose position or personal achievements do not qualify them for the EB-1B category, such as a) clinical faculty sponsored 100% by HSF or without a tenure-track position at UAB and b) researchers/scientists who haven’t developed their CV enough to qualify in the EB-1B category. It requires the additional step of recruiting under mandatory Department of Labor guidelines.

  • Advertising fees stemming from DOL requirements to advertise in specific media (including physical Birmingham News paper, professional journal, online sources, etc.): can vary, but anecdotally usually come in around $4,000 
  • USCIS base filing fee for Form I-140: $700 (department almost always pays this fee) 
  • Additional USCIS premium processing fee for adjudication within 15 days: $2,500 (Department sometimes pays this fee when necessary to preserve employment authorization timeline, other times asks the employee to pay. This is clearly explained on the Check Request Memo sent to the administrator when EB-1B sponsorship is confirmed.)
  • Additional $1,060 processing fee for petitions where HSF, HSF, Valley, or Southern Research is the sponsoring employer* (pending introduction of new software in late Spring 2021; until new software introduced, processing fee will remain at the current $1,000)
  • UPS/FedEx courier charge for shipping the petition to USCIS (usually $15-30)

Please Note: The EB-2 PERM process is the most expensive and time-consuming permanent residence path for an employer, requiring recruitment to test the US labor market, close analysis of the minimum education and experience requirements for the position, and evaluation of the sponsored employee’s credentials and qualifying experience. If the sponsored employee graduated from UAB and/or obtained all qualifying experience for the position while working only at UAB, or if there is not a clear relationship between the sponsored employee’s education and experience and the requirements and duties of the UAB position for which they are being sponsored, there will be additional complicating factors that may make PERM sponsorship extremely problematic or even impossible. In these instances, ISSS reserves the right to refer such cases to outside counsel approved by the UA System for consultation and handling of the PERM sponsorship. The hourly rate for initial consultation with outside counsel to assess the PERM’s viability is $250 per hour. Legal fees for PERMs needing outside counsel can cost between $3,000-$7,500 (depending on whether the DOL selects the PERM for audit), in addition to the advertising and USCIS filing fees listed above.   

Permanent Residence Paths That Do NOT Require Express Employer Sponsorship

Some employees decide to pursue multiple permanent residence paths simultaneously. This is fine, but not all of the paths require employer sponsorship. If an employee approaches the department about applying for permanent residence in either the EB-1A (alien of extraordinary ability) or EB-2 NIW/PNIW (national interest waiver/physician national interest waiver) categories, please understand that employers are not required to pay any of the USCIS filing fees or attorneys’ fees associated with this permanent residence route because they are considered “self-petitioning” based on either the employee’s own extraordinary achievements (EB-1A) or the national interest of their work (EB-2 NIW/PNIW). An employee needs only one permanent residence route to be successful at the Form I-140 stage in order to be able to remain in the US and continue working while waiting for a green card. One route may result in obtaining a green card faster than another, depending on the employee’s country of birth, and therefore one may seem more urgent or convenient than another for any given individual. However, from a purely business standpoint of understanding the cost and need for permanent resident sponsorship, the institution needs only one such route—whether employer-sponsored or self-petitioning—to be successful in order for the employee to continue working.

Please see the “Information for Departments” section of our website for additional information: https://www.uab.edu/global/employees-scholars/information-for-departments/the-permanent-residence-green-card-process