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What is the actual fee to file H1 B

 
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Different consultants asking different types fee structure. Can someone let me know what is actual cost to file H1 B ?
 
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Hi kumar,

Different consultants asking different types fee structure. Can someone let me know what is actual cost to file H1 B ?

There is no unique answer for it depends too much whether you hire a lawyer as an individual or as a company you already have one. I believe complete H1B filing costs between 3,500 and 5,000 in all.

But this is not the good question. The present H1B system is completely obsolete by now, one of main reasons being making the hiring of aliens so difficult and costly it is no longer worth it so as to favour US citizens.
It is still not completely impossible to get sponsored for H1B providing that a software editor does it. If it is a consulting company, the only sponsors remaining nowadays are boddyshoppers, and it shouldn't be worth at all getting a H1B through them for they will exploit you terribly as long as possible. The consulting companies asking you to pay for H1B filing are asking you to pay for their job, which is paying their own lawyer, because when you file an H1B you have no guarantee it will be granted at all.

So I believe the good answer is : actual cost to file H1B must be 0 for you if sponsor is honest, so if they really want and need you.
I expect comments from other Javaranchers, especially the Indians, for they seem to be the most touched by such practices.

Best regards.
 
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I read some article before, saying H1B fee was paid by employees, then later they sued the employer for not paying it, then got the money back. It's federal law that force the employer to pay for the H1B fee (couldn't find the link this time). So I guess you could sue the employer after you go to US if you paid it first
 
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Hi reubin,

I read some article before, saying H1B fee was paid by employees, then later they sued the employer for not paying it, then got the money back. It's federal law that force the employer to pay for the H1B fee (couldn't find the link this time). So I guess you could sue the employer after you go to US if you paid it first

It is ANYWAY illegal in any case for an employee to have to pay H1B fee, the employer MUST pay it, simply US labour & immigration law, whatever name is given to this fee.

The "companies" asking to someone to pay an H1B "advance" are violating US law, they are simple bodyshoppers attempting to exploit an IT professional even before he is really employed, since as sponsorship is scarce for H1B cap they are "selling out" a sponsorship offer, which is illegal & forbidden by any way. US immigration should simply close such businesses which attempt to substitute to legal services. Only an immigration lawyer is allowed to ask a fee to a particular for immigration services, never a company, even when this immigration lawyer is acting on behalf of a company.
I believe in this case only some payback on future employee's salary is legal & acceptable.

Best regards.
 
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