University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

H-1B &
Permanent Residence

Obtaining/Extending Status

Special Instructions for Medical Resident Cases

ISSS will only prepare H-1B applications for medical residents/fellows who have obtained prior approval from the Graduate Medical Education office. The hiring department must provide copies of the approved H-1B Visa Request Form and supporting documents to ISSS when initiating the H-1B request.

Documentation of Work Locations

H-1B regulations require employers to list the physical work locations on the Labor Condition Application (LCA) and the H-1B petition, and to notify its workforce of its intention to hire an H-1B employee. ISSS is required to send a copy of the LCA conditions to the contact person at each of these work sites with instructions to be posted for 10 days and then returned to ISSS.

Consequently, for any location (hospital or clinic or office) where a resident/fellow will work for more than 10 consecutive days or more than 30 days in a year, the hiring department must supply ISSS with the following information for each location on letterhead, and include it with the application materials:

  • Name of job site
  • Complete street address (including street and #, city, state, zip code)
  • Job site contact person (name,phone,email)

Application Timeline

Start H-1B requests early! Because of extensive documentation required for H-1B petitions for medical resident/fellow cases (USMLE 1, 2 & 3, Minnesota licensure, multiple work locations), hiring departments must initiate H-1B requests by completing the Employee Intake Information questionnaire:

  • No later than 3 months before the job start date for new H-1Bs (persons not already in H-1B status)
  • No later than 2 months before the job start date for H-1B transfers and extensions

ISSS reserves the right to decline cases and refer departments to private attorneys if requests do not meet these deadlines.