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The costs of permanent residency sponsorship are outlined in the Permanent Residency Sponsorship and Financial Agreement. Costs of permanent residency sponsorship include the following:

  • Attorney fees: Fees for the preparation of labor certification, the I-140, and the I-485
  • Government filing fees
  • Miscellaneous fees: Required medical exam, cost of advertising for reselection/recruitment (if needed), express mail shipping
Costs borne by W&M
  • The sponsoring department/unit assumes all costs involved in Labor Certification (PERM). This includes attorney fee, any current and future government filing fee, costs of reselection/recruitment (e.g., advertising).
  • These costs are billed directly to the university and forwarded to the appropriate department/unit.
  • If the sponsoring department/unit conducts reselection/recruitment but is unable to meet the labor certification standard, the senior manager of the department still assumes responsibility for those costs.
Costs borne by W&M or the employee
  • All remaining costs of an employee’s sponsorship are the presumed responsibility of the employee and will be billed directly to them. Under the terms of the Permanent Residency Sponsorship and Financial Agreement, the employee may seek reimbursement of all or some of these costs through their department.
    • If the employee resigns from W&M within three years of securing permanent residency through the university, the employee may be asked to repay the costs covered by the university for that process, with the exception of costs associated with Labor Certification.
    • If the employee is dismissed from employment, the employee will not be responsible for repaying any costs incurred.
Costs always borne by the employee

Costs for dependent family members are the responsibility of the foreign national employee and are not eligible for reimbursement.