University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

H-1B &
Permanent Residence

Obtaining/Extending Status

Consular Notification

Individuals who are not in the U.S., and who will come to the U.S. in H-1B status to begin the job, are designated for consular notification. In certain instances, individuals who will travel internationally upon completion of a previous immigration status and prior to starting the new H-1B status are also assigned to this case type. Applications that are submitted for consular notification receive an I-797B Approval Notice.

As explained here, when a case is designated for consular processing, dependents are not included in the application.

Upon Approval

Employees can enter the U.S. no more than 10 days before the start date listed on the I-797B Approval Notice. See Travel Outside the U.S. for information about U.S. embassies, wait times for visa appointments, and preparing for visa interviews.

Upon arrival in the U.S., employees are required to present a copy of the Form I-94 (available online) and are invited to schedule an optional appointment with an H-1B Advisor.

Employees who are new to the Twin Cities area may be interested in the Office of Human Resources Relocation Assistance Program. Additional information about campus and local resources is available on the ISSS website.

Employees must complete an I-9 prior to their employment start date.