When the foreign spouses first immigrate to the US they are unable to legally earn income, so the American spouse is the only one paid. It has been disclosed from participants that it is $1000 per episode. When the foreigner is filmed in their home country, like on Before the 90 Days, both parties are paid $500 per episode because the restrictions don't apply.
There have still been comments that there have been problems with the foreigners receiving their money, though. Pole claimed that Karinne asked that her portion be deposited in Pole's account because more than half of her money was being taken in taxes and fees. Absolutely no one believed Karine wanted Pole to collect her money, but someone asked her on one of her FB accounts and she confirmed that the government was taking so much of her money that they asked if it could be deposited in his account in the US but were told it wasn't possible because it would violate some tax laws in Brazil. Another participant also said that he or she had to pay an estimated tax on the funds equal to almost half, but I can't remember who it was. I really want to say Jesse, but it's probably because he liked to interject himself into everything.