Updated February 28, 2023
The fee tables below reflect major immigration fees, including (where applicable):
The fee tables do NOT include incidental costs such as express mail charges, passport photo or application fees, photocopying or document reproduction fees, translation or credential evaluation costs, or fees for dependent family members accompanying the individual employee or scholar.
For information about the costs of sponsoring employees for US permanent residents, refer to the section on Sponsoring Permanent Residents.
Departments are responsible for International Center processing fees as well as US Department of Homeland Security filing fees if the sponsored individual will be employed by Tufts in any capacity. These fees may NOT be passed along to the employee in any fashion. However, the processing fees for self-funded J-1 visiting scholars may be paid by either the visiting scholar or by the department, depending on the department's decision. If a self-funded scholar is required to pay the fees, the scholar must be informed in advance of the amount and payment methods.
International Center processing fees are final and non-refundable once the International Center issues a Form DS-2019 (for J-1 scholars) or Labor Condition Application (for H-1B temporary workers and E-3 Australian specialty occupation workers). Prior to the issuance of these documents, the sponsoring department may ask that a J-1 or H-1B request be withdrawn with no charge to the department or individual self-funded J-1 scholars.
|Fee Category||J-1 Initial or J-1 Transfer||J-1 Extension||Fee Responsibility|
|International Center Processing Fee||$650||$350||Department or scholar - see below|
|I-901 SEVIS Fee||$220||N/A||Scholar|
|DS-160 Visa Application Fee||$190 (if required)||$190 (if required)||Scholar|
There are no added costs for issuing visa certificates for accompanying J-2 dependent family members (including the legal spouse and/or unmarried children under 21). In addition, J-2 family members are not required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee.
|Fee Category||H-1B Initial or Transfer||H-1B Extension or Amendment|
|International Center Processing Fee||$1500||$1500|
|International Center Rush Processing Fee||$500||$500|
|USCIS Form I-129 Filing Fee||$460 (required)||$460 (required)|
|USCIS Fraud Prevention Fee||$500 (required)||N/A|
|USCIS Form I-907 Premium Processing Fee||$2,500 (see below)||$2,500 (see below)|
In addition to the above costs, the H-1B employee may need to pay a DS-160 visa application fee (currently $190) if and when they need to apply for a visa at a US consulate, prior to entering the US as an H-1B employee.
The immigration status and eligibility of H-4 dependents (including the legal spouse and/or unmarried children under 21) is the legal and financial responsibility of the H-1B employee. This applies to any processes relating to the initial arrival and extension of H-4 status for dependents.
E-3 Specialty Occupation workers may obtain E-3 status by applying for an E-3 visa at a US consulate in Australia. Prior to the visa application, Tufts is required to prepare a Labor Condition Application (LCA). Persons already in the US in another status or in E-3 status may also obtain E-3 status by filing USCIS Form I-129, which will be prepared by the International Center at the department's request. Contact the International Center for more details.
|Fee Category||E-3 (Labor Condition Application Only)||E-3 (Form I-129 Filings)|
|International Center Processing Fee||$750||$1,500|
|USCIS Form I-129 Filing Fee||N/A||$460|
|USCIS Form I-901 Premium Processing Service||N/A||$2,500|
TN status is available to professionals from Canada or Mexico coming to the US for pre-arranged professional or business activities.
In most cases, citizens of Canada can obtain TN status by presenting the appropriate documents at a port of entry (airport) or US border crossing to US Customs and Border Protection.
For citizens of Mexico, the preparation of a Form I-129 application submitted to USCIS is required.