ISSS uses DestinyOne for all our immigration applications. You can access DestinyOne at noncredit.temple.edu Log in as a "student" with the user name provided to you by your Department. Click on "Forgot Password" to create a password. Please contact your Hiring Department with any questions that you have regarding DestinyOne.
H-1B Application Process
- Copies of Valid Passport (photo page, US visa & entry stamps, renewal pages)
- Copy of most recent I-94 if inside the US https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
- Copies of 3 most recent paychecks to establish current employment in the US ONLY
- English-language translations of all diplomas
- English-language transcripts for all degrees
- Academic Credentials Evaluation if Highest Degree Earned Outside the US
- Current CV/Resume Uploaded in Word Format
- Copies of all I-20 / DS-2019 Forms and EAD cards
- For applicants who hold or have ever held J Exchange Visitor status, one of the following:
- Proof that the J-1 Two Year Home Residency Requirement was Fulfilled By Spending 2 Years in Country of Residence OR
- An Advisory Opinion issued from the US Department of State in the past six months declaring that H-1B Applicant is not subject OR
- Waiver Recommendation from US Dept of State AND Form I-612 from USCIS
- Copies of USCIS H-1B I-797 Receipt/Approval Notices ( Only include the Receipt notice of any H-1B petitions that are pending with USCIS)
- Copy of PERM Approval if TU-Sponsored for Green Card
- Copies of all Receipt and Approval Notices from USCIS regarding applications for a Green Card (I-140, I-485, I-131, I-765, etc)
- Copy of Required License (Medical, Dental, etc)
- H-1B Applicant’s USMLE Score Reports, Steps 1, 2 and 3 [Clinical Medical Employment Only]
- H-1B Applicant’s ECFMG Certification if Graduate of Foreign Medical Institution [Clinical Medical Employment Only]
- Copy of any other document required for applicant to work at Temple University
ISSS can request up to 3 years on each H-1B petition unless job offer is for a shorter period of time. The End Date for Faculty, Post Doctoral Fellows and Athletics Employees must match the end date listed on the Appointment Letter/Contract.
ISSS may take up to 45 days to complete the processing of the materials for this petition so the department should submit a complete application to ISSS no later than two months prior to the requested H-1B start date. Departments can submit a completed H-1B application up to six months prior to the H-1B start date.
- Department begins H-1B application in Destiny One (D1)
- H-1B applicant completes Applicant sections of the application and uploads required documents
- Department adds required information and uploads required documents
- If the H-1B will be hired through Human Resources (Associate Scientist, for example) then HR Generalist will send required documents to ISSS through TUSafesend. The Graduate School will upload approved Postdoctoral Fellow Research Associate letters to Destiny One.
- Department submits a completed H-1B applicant's record to ISSS
- Department mails or drops off necessary checks to ISSS
- ISSS sends Deemed Export Attestation Form to the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). This form is required for every H application that is submitted, regardless of whether research is involved. This process is dependent upon the nature of the position and the research technologies involved and therefore unpredictable.
- Upon determination that the higher of either the prevailing or actual wage is being paid to the employee, ISSS begins LCA process and begins the posting notice process (this is not a posting for recruitment purposes). Please note that certification of an LCA takes a minimum of seven days.
- Once OVPR notifies ISSS that no Deemed Export License is required, the LCA has been certified by DOL, and ISSS has a complete application, ISSS begins processing the Form I-129 and supporting letter for the H-1B petition. This step of the process may take several business days.
- When the application process is complete, the H-1B petition is compiled, checks are attached and the petition is submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) via UPS. If petition is being premium processed, we expect a response from the USCIS within 15 days of USCIS’ receipt of petition. The response can be an approval notice, a request for further evidence, or an intent to deny the petition. If the petition is submitted without PP, we should receive a Receipt Notice from USCIS within one month and hopefully an Approval Notice within 15 months.
- The hiring department, Human Resources and the H-1B applicant will be notified via email when ISSS receives the Receipt Notice and Approval Notice from USCIS.
Initial H-1B Petition:
If Applicant is OUTSIDE the US, our office will mail the Original Approval Notice along with a copy of the H-1B petition to the applicant abroad. Applicant then must apply for H-1B visa stamp at US Embassy unless visa-exempt. Applicant may not enter the US more than 10 days prior to the start date listed on the Approval Notice.
If Applicant is INSIDE the US, the applicant cannot begin working until Human Resources permits it.
Extension H-1B Petition:
Please note that after our office files an Extension H-1B Petition, the employee may work for 240 days beyond the expiration date on the current Approval Notice expiration date provided USCIS receives the H petition PRIOR to current expiration date.
Amendment H-1B Petition:
The employee may not begin the new position until USCIS receives our petition. Contact HR/Payroll Management for more information once H petition is submitted.
Transfer H-1B Petition:
The employee may not begin working in the Temple University position until USCIS receives our petition. Contact HR/Payroll Management for more information once H petition is submitted.
Estimated Length of Time to Receive Receipt Notice Once H-1B Petition is Submitted to USCIS: Usually 1-4 days if petition was submitted with Premium Processing; 1-3 Weeks if filed without Premium Processing.
Travel outside the US while an Extension, Amendment or Transfer Petition is Pending with USCIS will be complicated. Please contact ISSS for further information as Premium Processing may be necessary.
You can check Case Processing Times on USCIS’ website: https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/
You need to click on I-129 – Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker under “Form” and California Service Center under “Field Office or Service Center”.
Remember that employees filing an H-1B extension can work for up to 240 days past their current H-1B Approval Notice end date if USCIS receives our Extension petition prior to their current end date. Employees for whom we have filed an H-1B Transfer petition can begin working as of the start date listed on the H-1B petition as long as we have received a Receipt Notice from USCIS.
When Temple University files an I-129 petition for new H-1B Employment, we may request either a change of status or consular processing. A change of status is appropriate for individuals who are currently in the United States. Consular processing is used for those who are overseas or those who will be traveling overseas while the application is pending. Travel outside the US while a change of status is pending will abandon that change of status. All H-1B applicants must discuss any travel plans with the hiring department and ISSS. ISSS will then work with the H-1B Applicant and the Hiring Department to determine whether a change of status or consular processing is best.
When USCIS approves the I-129 petition, the Service Center sends an I-797 Approval Notice to ISSS. If a change of status was requested, a new I-94 will be attached to the approval and will serve as evidence of employment eligibility. If consular processing was chosen, USCIS sends the original approval notice to ISSS and notifies the U.S. Consulate indicated on the I-129 petition. The individual must apply for an H-1B visa at the US Consulate.
What is the Premium Processing Service?
An H-1B employer (or beneficiary if s/he has a personal reason for submitting a petition with PP) can elect to pay a separate Premium Processing fee to accelerate processing of the petition. The fee must be paid in a check made payable to the US Department of Homeland Security that is separate from other H-1B filing fees. Under the premium processing program, USCIS guarantees that within 15 calendar-days it will issue either an approval notice, a notice of intent to deny, a request for evidence (RFE), or a notice of investigation for fraud or misrepresentation. In addition to expedited processing, companies that participate in the program may use a dedicated e-mail address to check on the status of their petition or ask any other questions concerning their petition.
Who can apply for Premium Processing and how?
Only the Temple University Office of International Student and Scholar Services can apply for this service. You cannot do so as an individual. We will complete Form I-907 (Request for Premium Processing) and attach the fee. The fee should be paid by a separate check, not to be combined with the regular processing fee.
For an H-1B or E-3 petition (and some TN applications), Temple University is required to provide documentation showing that the applicant is fully qualified to work in the specialty occupation for which we are submitting a petition. This includes, among other materials, a formal credentials evaluation of the applicant’s foreign degrees.