A major benefit of the H-1B visa is the fact that it is considered “dual-intent” by the USCIS. This means that, unlike some other nonimmigrant visa classifications, you are able to pursue your green card under H-1B status.
If this is your plan, here are the costs you need to keep in mind:
A. If your green card requires a PERM Labor Certification, there is no filing fee for the required form ETA-9085. However, there will likely be costs associated with the recruitment and advertisement process. Check for H1B Visa Process in UT Evaluators
B. I-140 basic filing fee – $700. This form and fee are required whenever you change jobs, employers, or preference levels along the immigration journey.
C. I-485 filing fee – $750-$1,140. This fee varies depending on your age and goes by a fee schedule that you can find here.
D. You may need to have your biometrics taken, which would require an $85 fee.
E. Attorney fee – each immigration law firm charges different fees for their green card services. You can find our flat rate on our fees page.
F. I-907 – $1,410. This form is necessary if you would like to use premium processing for your green card petition to reduce the processing time down to 15 calendar days.
Keep in mind that this service is not available for EB-1C applicants and EB-2 applicants who are using a National Interest Waiver. For more information on H1B Visa visit Trauma2011
After you have your green card, you will need to renew it every 10 years. While this does not require that you re-qualify for the green card, you will still need to pay the green card renewal filing fee of $540 ($450 plus the $85 biometrics fee).