Visa Service Fee Structure

The visa service fees address the cost of providing service beyond graduation and are for optional services related to work permits after graduation and associated administrative costs.  These do not apply to the admission I-20 related to pursing enrollment and completion of an academic degree. These fees contribute to enabling the continuation of service beyond graduation and additional support to the campus community.

The following fee structure for services provided by the WMU Haenicke Institute for Global Education Immigration Services office enables the continuation of service and support to the campus community.

Please note that pursuant to University Policy, only the Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel is authorized to engage counsel in immigration proceedings. In addition, the Haenicke Institute for Global Education has been designated to process all immigration-related paperwork for WMU.  

 

Tier 1 Fees: Optional Practical Training, Academic Training, J-1 Extension

Fees are due by applicant at time of application submission. Checks should be made payable to Western Michigan University.

Application Type WMU Fee
Optional Practical Training (OPT), 12 months post-completion $150
Academic Training application processing post-graduation (per application, initial or extension) $150
J-1 scholar category, extensions* only (see below for initial scholar applications) $150
*Extension is defined as the process to extend a WMU program by any amount of time on the Form DS-2019 following the scholar's existing program end date. In the event that any scholar, prior to arrival, requests to defer program dates, Immigration Services will charge a reprocessing fee of $50 to reissue the DS-2019. Additionally, actual shipping charges will apply for requests for shipping by WMU International Admissions and Services. 

 

Tier 2 Fees: STEM Optional Practical Training, J-1 Scholar Initial Application

Fees are due by applicant at time of application submission. Checks should be made payable to Western Michigan University.

Application Type WMU Fee
STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT), 24-month extension $300
J-1 scholar initial applications (includes categories of Professor, Research Scholar, Short-Term Scholar, Specialist and Student Intern at WMU) $300

 

 Tier 3 Fees: fund and cost due by department at time of application submission  

Fund and Cost Center due by department at time of application submission. 

Application Type WMU Fee
Temporary worker I-129 visa petitions in-house (H-1B, E-3, TN) per application, initial or extension $1,000
Permanent Residency (departments are assessed additional $500 for WMU Immigration Services coordination and collateral services in addition to WMU contracted attorney fees) $500