ISSS may take up to 45 business days to complete the processing of the materials for this petition so the department should submit a complete application to ISSS no later than 3 months prior to the requested H-1B start date . Missing information will cause delays in processing of the petition for H status. Submission of a petition to the USCIS does not guarantee approval of the petition.

H-1B Application Process

Estimated Start Times

All Required Items Should Be Uploaded into Destiny One unless otherwise indicated. Make certain that all copies are LEGIBLE.

Items Needed From Hiring Department:


Items Needed From HR Generalist If HR-Hired Position:

  • Copy of Official Job Offer Letter
  • Copy of Official Job Description
  • Actual Wage Memo

Items Needed From H-1B Applicant (Initial Employment/Transfer):

  • Certificate of Authenticity []
  • Copies of Valid Passport (photo page, US visa & entry stamps, renewal pages)
  • Copy of most recent I-94 if inside the US
  • Current CV
  • Copy of any license needed for this position
  • 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
  • Copies of all I-20 / DS-2019 Forms and EAD cards
  • For applicants who hold or have ever held J 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 Receipt/Approval Notices ( I-797, I-140, I-485, I-539, etc – this includes ALL H-1B Approval Notices and a Receipt notice if you have an H-1B petition pending)
  • Copy of PERM if TU-Sponsored for Green Card
  • H-1B Applicant’s USMLE Score Reports, Steps 1, 2 and 3 [clinical employment only]
  • H-1B Applicant’s ECFMG Certification if Graduate of Foreign Medical Institution [clinical employment only]

Applying for H-4 Dependent Status

General Information Regarding H-4 Dependents