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You must have an offer of employment from a U.S. employer to receive H-1B status.
Departments looking to hire a H-1B employee need to abide by certain conditions and requirements.
The I-797 Approval Notice is the main document to prove that a USCIS petition has been approved.
ISSS works with department representatives to prepare employment-based visa petitions.
Department of Labor regulations require that employers pay expenses required for H-1B applications.
The total time for preparation and adjudication of the petition can range from 2–8+ months.
Departments and employees often use outside counsel to prepare and file employment-based petitions.
Learn more about consular notification, change of status, extension, and transfer.
Employing departments will be asked to prepare an H-1B Support Letter that includes this language.
Extensive documentation is required for H-1B petitions for medical resident/fellow cases.
ISSS sends the ISSS Scholar Update monthly to share important updates.
You are required to report your U.S. address within 10 days of moving.
An amended H-1B petition may need to be filed if an employee's job is expected to undergo a substantial change.
Be aware of various rules and restrictions.
USCIS site visits are routine and should not be a cause for alarm.
ISSS must be notified when an H-1B employee is terminated or resigns from their job.
Requirements for traveling outside and within the U.S.
Your spouse and children under age 21 are normally eligible for H-4 dependent status.
ISSS is a unit of the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the central international office for the University of Minnesota system.
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