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An Message from ISSS's H-1B Department

NOTE: The following message is regarding H-1B filings for UMN departments. ISSS does not provide direct assistance to international students/scholars who wish to get an H-1B visa to work at an employer that is not the UMN. For general advice about obtaining an H-1B visa, please contact ISSS Career Support or review our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

ISSS is placing a temporary hold on accepting H-1B requests for immigration status start dates in June, July, or August.

With our current caseload, we have determined that we are unable to take on additional cases for this time period and provide high quality and timely service to all departments/employees who have already submitted H-1B requests. This is due, in large part, to increased USCIS scrutiny of employment-based petitions including increasing numbers of Requests for Evidence (RFEs).

We wish to emphasize that this is temporary. We are adding a staff member to work with H-1Bs and Permanent Residence and that hire is near completion. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we would be happy to discuss alternative visa types or provide a list of local immigration attorneys to any department needing to move forward with a hire or renewal.

Although we regret that we are unable to take on additional cases, we believe it is a positive sign that the demand for H-1Bs continues to be high, as it reflects departments' continued interest in hiring and retaining skilled international employees.

If you have already submitted an H-1B request that has a start date in June-August, we will be in contact with you once we start preparing your case. We prioritize cases based on date received, as well as logistical/immigration status considerations for each individual case. ISSS has submitted more than 135 H-1B petitions to USCIS so far in the fiscal year, and we anticipate sending many more before the summer ends.

Thank you for your continued work with ISSS and the international student and scholar community at the UMN.