H-1B Application and Filing Fees

International Services is responsible for processing H-1B applications for Clemson University's international faculty, scholars, and staff.

All requests for H-1B sponsorship should be initiated by the hiring department. If you are a hiring department interested in employing a non-U.S. citizen for H-1B employment authorization, or a current/new employee interested in obtaining an H-1B visa, International Services will guide you through the process. Our office is here to provide knowledgeable guidance and support to hiring departments and new or current Clemson employees. Please contact International Services with any questions on the H-1B visa or sponsorship process.  

H-1B Application Requirements

The H-1B Application Packet contains the forms below, including all required supporting documents and the USCIS filing fees.

The Hiring Department must submit the following supporting documents:

  • Completed Hiring Department and Employee H-1B Request Form, the Actual Wage Determination Form, and the Export Control Form.
  • Copy of the official job offer letter issued by Clemson University's Office of Human Resources.  
  • Hiring Department Support Letter for candidate containing a detailed description of the position and why the candidate is the most qualified for the position. 
  • For extensions or amendments, if there are changes to the original offer letter or department support letter, provide addendums to include new details of employment. 
    • All letters should be on official University letterhead and signed by the proper hiring authorities and 
  • Official Clemson University position description or job posting.
  • Completed Export Control Questionnaire. 
  • FedEx Account Number for mailing of H-1B application.

The Prospective Employee must submit the following:

  • Completed Hiring Department and Employee H-1B Request Form.
  • Word document listing all previous and pending U.S. immigration status’ with corresponding dates and locations.
  • Most Recent I-94 Arrival-Departure Record.
  • Photocopy of the biographical page and most recent entry stamp within a valid passport.
  • If applicable, also provide photocopies of the following:
    • All previous H-1B/H-4 I-797A approval notices, receipt notices, and H-1B/H4 visa stamps.
    • If employed in the U.S., provide pay statements for the last three months of employment. If in a dependent status, provide pay statements for the last three months of employment for the primary visa holder as well.
    • All previous DS-2019s, J1/J1 visa stamps, and I-612 showing an approved waiver of 212(e).
    • All previous I-20s, F-1 visas, front and back of all OPT and STEM OPT EAD documents.
    • I-797A Approval Notice of I-140.
  • If applying for an H-1B Extension or Transfer, the following items are not necessary:
    • All previous I-20s, F-1 visas, front and back of all OPT and STEM OPT EAD documents.
  • Most up-to-date CV or resume.
  • Photocopy of degree relevant to the position at Clemson and highest degree obtained.
  • Official transcripts from degree relevant to the position at Clemson and highest degree obtained.
  • Official foreign credential evaluation if the relevant/highest degree was earned outside of the U.S.

H-1B Dependents: Information on H4 dependents can be found here.   

USCIS Filing Fees for H-1B Application

Below are the current filing fees for an H-1B application:

H-1B Initial Application (First H-1B Petition with Clemson University):

  • $460 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker Fee
  • $500 Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee
  • $2,500* Premium Processing Fee (optional)

H-1B Extension or Amendment Application (Continuation of H-1B employment with Clemson University):

  • $460 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker Fee
  • $2,500* Premium Processing Fee (optional)

H-1B Transfer Application (Employee transferring H-1B employment from current employer to Clemson University.) 

  • $460 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker Fee
  • $500 Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee
  • $2,500* Premium Processing Fee (optional)

*Hiring departments can request USCIS expedite an H-1B application by requesting premium processing. The service costs $2,500, but it ensures USCIS will respond to the H-1B application within 15 calendar days of their receipt of the application. 

**All fees are subject to change without notice by USCIS.

Hiring Departments and Check Requests

Hiring departments must request separate checks for each of the required filing fees above. Please note: the checks should be delivered to International Services to be included with the H-1B application when it is mailed to USCIS. If the checks are mailed separately, it could cause significant delays in processing the H-1B application.

The checks must be made payable to the Department of Homeland Security and be addressed to:

U.S. Citizenship & Immigrant Services
California Service Center
ATTN: CAP EXEMPT H-1B Processing
Unit 24000 Avila Road, Room 2312
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Additional Resources

If you have any questions about the H-1B visa or application process, please contact International Services at empvisa@clemson.edu