What are the costs and salary requirements

The requirement to pay prevailing wages as a minimum is true of most employment based visa programs involving the Department of Labor. In addition, the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 programs require the employer to pay the prevailing wage or the actual wage paid by the employer to workers with similar skills and qualifications, whichever is higher.

The prevailing wage rate is the average wage paid to similarly employed workers in a specific occupation.  Employers can obtain this wage rate by submitting a request to the National Prevailing Wage and Center (NPWC).

The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has provided wage data collected under the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program for use in the Foreign Labor Certification process.  The wage data is available on the Foreign Labor Certification Data Center Online Wage Library (OWL).