Guidelines for Faculty Visas
When processing an H-1B visa for a faculty member who is being sponsored by Brandeis University, there are fees that need to be paid by the sponsoring institution.
For initial H-1B applications, the fees are as follows:
|I-129 H-1B application fee||$460|
|Premium processing fee||$1,225|
The above fees will be paid by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences for art and sciences faculty. The hiring department should initiate the payment request noting that the check be sent to the International Students and Scholars Office when ready, and forward the paperwork to DAS to complete the chartstring information.
H-1B Application Fees
For H-1B extensions, the H-1B application fee will be paid by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences for arts and sciences faculty. The premium processing fee can be avoided if the visa process is started early enough. We recommend that faculty members and departments start the visa renewal process at least seven months before the current visa expires. If the premium processing fee becomes needed because the process was not started at least seven months in advance, the fee will be paid by the department. (This is for extensions only, and does not apply to first-time faculty hires.)
J-1 Visa Fees
Faculty may also work at Brandeis under a J-1 visa. The costs associated with the J-1 visa are borne by the faculty member and not the institution. Departments may consider paying or reimbursing the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System fee ($180) from their own department funds. The SEVIS fee is required of J-1 applicants prior to their application for the J-1 entry visa stamp at the U.S. Consulate abroad.
The SEVIS fee is only required when the scholar is coming to Brandeis in J-1 status for the first time. Costs associated with obtaining the J-1 entry visa stamp at the U.S. Consulate (which is in addition to the SEVIS fee) are also the responsibility of the faculty member, though each department can decide if it wishes to reimburse the faculty member for any costs associated with obtaining the visa (or visa renewal) to come to Brandeis.
Green Card Fees
The provost’s office may contribute up to $4,500 of the costs associated with a faculty member’s application for a Green Card that is sponsored by Brandeis University for tenure-track teaching faculty positions only (not for researcher positions, one-year contract or multiyear contract positions). These funds cover what may be a required institution portion of the Green Card petition that includes a labor certification process.
Faculty pursuing a Green Card should be in touch with the International Students and Scholars Office directly to inquire about the availability of this support. All other costs will be the responsibility of the employee, unless the hiring department wishes to provide additional financial support for the Green Card application process from their own department funds (note that such funds should not be designated as part of an employee’s salary, but rather a separate allocation).