H-1B Temporary Workers

Contact OIE for H-1B questions and issues.

General Processing Timelines

6 months prior to intended start date or date of status expiration

Costs

Filing fees for new H-1B petitions are $825. Case shipping fees may range from $25 to $100. Optional expedited processing through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services costs an additional $1,225. Costs are borne by the sponsoring department.

Who can be an H-1B status holder?

Individuals coming to the United States to perform temporary services in a specialty occupation are eligible for H-1B. A specialty occupation is defined as one that requires "theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, and attainment of a bachelor's or higher degree, or its equivalent, as a minimum requirement."

Procedure for requesting H-1B immigration approval

REQUESTS FOR IMMIGRATION PAPERWORK ARE NOW SUBMITTED THROUGH OIE'S ONLINE SYSTEM, iStart,

UVM Human Resources process

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Post-approval

Please note that citizens of some countries may encounter security checks that could delay receipt of their visa by weeks, even months. UVM has encountered this situation in several cases with citizens of China and India (delays of 2-4 months have been experienced in extreme cases).

Post arrival check-in

All H-1B status holders must formally check in with the Office of International Education on or before the first day of work.

To schedule an appointment: Call 802 656-4296: please indicate the name and visa category (H-1B) of the employee

What happens at check-in?