The period of stay on H-1B for teachers is the same length of time that other H-1B visa holders have. The initial period is three years and that can be extended an additional three years for a total of six years. Although it is sometimes possible to obtain further extensions in one-year increments in some cases.
What’s more, spouses and children may be eligible for H4 status which makes them eligible for other benefits including:
A. EADs as part of Obama’s immigration reform
B. Can attend school on H4 status and in some cases may be considered a resident in regards to tuition fees
C. Have the freedom to change status.
These are some of the benefits available to H4 status holders. To learn how an H-1B for teachers may affect your family members, consult an immigration professional. For H1B Visa Process Visit UT Evaluators
Regular H-1B Cap
The annual cap for teachers and other H-1B status seekers is as follows (with the exception of those who are cap exempt):
A. The regular quota currently stands at 65,000 based on figures from last year.
B. The master’s degree quota is 20,000 and 6,800 are put aside for Singapore and Chile citizens.
H-1B Fees for Teachers
The fees associated with obtaining an H-1B visa for teachers are as follows:
A. A basic filing fee of $460
B. The ACWIA fee of $750 for employers with fewer than 25 employees and $1,500 for more than 25 employees.
C. The Fraud Prevention and Detection fee of $500
D. The Public Law 114-113 fee of $4,000 for employers that have a workforce of over 50 employees with at least half of them on H-1B status.
It is important to note that these fees must be paid by your employer by law. The ACWIA, Anti-Fraud, and Public Law fees are all one-time fees paid per employer per beneficiary. This means that these fees are not required for H-1B extensions or renewals, but will be required if you switch to a new employer. The basic filing fee is always applicable whenever an I-129 petition is filed. H1B Visa Process Check here
You will be responsible for all of the costs associated with obtaining your H-1B visa for teachers at a U.S. consulate or embassy if you are currently outside the U.S.
A. DS-160 fee of $190 for the H-1B holder and for each H4 spouse or dependent that will be accompanying you to the U.S.
B. Travel costs
C. Biometric services fees (if applicable). This is usually a one-time charge of $85.