Question from Bobby, How is the ACWIA fee paid for an H-1B1 Singaporean case not filed with USCIS?
Answer from AI:
The American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA) fee is a mandatory fee for certain H-1B and H-1B1 petitions. However, the process of paying this fee can be different depending on the specific circumstances of the case.
Payment of ACWIA fee for H-1B1 Singaporean cases
For H-1B1 cases from Singapore that are not filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the ACWIA fee is typically not required. This is because the ACWIA fee is generally associated with the I-129 petition process with USCIS, which is not used in these cases. Instead, the applicant applies directly at the U.S. Consulate in Singapore.
Please note: This information is based on general guidelines and may not apply to all situations. It’s always a good idea to consult with a legal professional for personalized advice.
When is the ACWIA fee required?
The ACWIA fee is required for employers who are filing an I-129 petition for an H-1B or H-1B1 nonimmigrant with USCIS. The fee is used to fund the training of U.S. workers in high-skill occupations.
How is the ACWIA fee paid?
When the ACWIA fee is required, it is paid by the employer and submitted with the I-129 petition to USCIS. The fee cannot be paid at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy, and it cannot be paid by the applicant.
For more information on the H-1B1 visa process for Singaporean nationals, you can visit the U.S. Embassy in Singapore’s website. For more information on the ACWIA fee, you can visit the USCIS I-129 page.
Remember, this information is general in nature and may not apply to your specific situation. Always consult with a legal professional for personalized advice.