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Hello, I am currently working in CA, USA on a H1B visa.

Hello, I am currently working in...
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I am currently working in CA, USA on a H1B visa. My current employer is going to revoke my visa by Aug 30th. So I had to look for other employers who can do an H1B visa transfer for me. I got an offer from Company A who accepted to do my H1B visa transfer. Since the company A took a very long time to process the papers and do H1B visa transfer I had to look for other employers. A company B offered me a job and was ready to apply for my H1B transfer. Now both the companies have applied for my visa transfer. I rejected company A's offer and accepted company B's offer. Now company A is asking me to refund H1B transfer filing fee.

I would like to get some advice from about the situation. As far as I know it is the employer's responsibility to take care of the H1B filing fee and not the employee's. Please advice me from a legal standpoint about the options I have.

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That is partially correct. The potential employer cannot ask you to compensate them for SOME of the fees. The fees that they cannot ask you for are:

Fraud Prevent & Detection Fee
Fraud Detection and Prevention Fee - $500
Employer Sponsorship Fee - $750 or $1500

They can ask for the following fees back:

Filing Fee - $325


So you may have to pay them back at least $325.




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Listed below are the fee item lines. Out of these items please let me know what he can demand as a refund.


Filing Fee due to The Department of Homeland Security - I-129 $325.00
Filing Fee due to The Department of Homeland Security - Fraud Prevention $500.00
Filing Fee due to The Department of Homeland Security - H-1B $750.00
Filing Fee due to The Department of Homeland Security - Premium Processing $1,225.00
Retainer - File an H-1B Transfer Petition $4,500.00
One-time Administrative Fee $250.00

They can ask for $325 back for the main filing fee.

They can ask for $1225 back for the Premium Processing fee.

That $250 administrative fee is not a USCIS fee and probably something internal of theirs, so that they would be able to include.

The $4500, $500, and $750 you would not normally be paying those back.


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