Talent Development and Human Resources

FAQ

 

H-1B Specialty Occupation Worker Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long will it take to get my H-1B petition approved?
  • Why does it take so long to process an H-1B petition?
  • Can I start working even if my H-1B petition hasn’t been submitted to USCIS?
  • How much does an H-1B petition cost at UA?
  • Who pays for the H-1B fees?
  • Can an attorney be hired?
  • Are H-1B Extension Petitions faster to process?
  • My department wants to promote me (e.g. from post-doc to research associate) is there anything I need to do?
  • I am changing my employment to UA using H-1B portability, when can I start working?
  • Can I travel outside the U.S. after my H-1B paperwork is received by EIS?
  • Will the University of Akron agree to sponsor an applicant for permanent residency (i.e. GreenCard)?
  • What documents will I need to provide to EIS to begin the process?
  • Will The University of Akron sponsor my spouse and dependents?
  • What documents will my department need to submit to begin the process?

How long will it take to get my H-1B petition approved?
Approximately 3-7 months after your materials are submitted to EIS. Due to the federal government agencies involved, the length of time fluctuates and changes without notice. For more information see Step by Step.

Why does it take so long to process an H-1B petition?
The H-1B petition requires substantial documentation to be submitted, examined, and approved by U.S. Government agencies. Other factors can delay the process such as an inaccurate UA position description or if the salary offered is too low. See H-1B Worker and Step by Step for more information.

What if my H-1B petition can’t be submitted to USCIS before I want to start working in H-1B status?
Immigration Services will need to change the requested employment start date since the start date must be into the future when the petition is sent to USCIS. In some situations, the foreign national may need to temporarily depart from the U.S.

How much does an H-1B petition cost at UA?
The fees currently range from $825 to $2,050 depending on type of H-1B case and choice of processing at USCIS. See H-1B Fees for more information.

Who pays for the H-1B fees?
The employer is required to pay the standard fees for the H-1B petition. See H-1B Fees for more information.

Can an attorney be hired?
No, EIS processes all H-1B cases for employees at The University of Akron.  All employee H-1B attorney fees will be paid for by UA.

Are H-1B Extension Petitions faster to process?
No, because all the same materials must be prepared and submitted to DOL and USCIS for an H-1B petition for extension. See Extension and Step by Step for more information.  However, an employee currently in H-1B status will generally be able to continue working in H-1B status so long as the petition is timely received.

My department wants to promote me (e.g. from post-doc to research associate). Is there anything I need to do?
Yes, a new H-1B petition for the new position must be submitted to USCIS before you can begin in the new position. See Changes in Position.

I am changing my employment to UA using H-1B portability, when can I start working?
When the official USCIS receipt notice is received on or after the requested start date of the H-1B petition. Note that the start date at The University of Akron and ending date at your former employer must be coordinated since there can be no break in employment. See Portability for more details.

Can I travel outside the U.S. after my H-1B paperwork is received by OIA?
Maybe, depending on your situation, travel outside the U.S. can impact how and when your case is submitted to USCIS and can cause significant problems if you leave while it is pending at USCIS. It is important that you inform EIS assigned to your case of all your travel outside the U.S. including Canada and Mexico. See Travel for more details.

Will the University of Akron agree to sponsor an applicant for permanent residency (i.e. GreenCard)?                                                                                                                                 Maybe, UA will only sponsor and employee pursuant to BOT Rule 3359-11-23, based on reasonable expectations of continued employment.

What documents will I need to provide to EIS to begin the process?             

You will need to provide several documents to EIS to begin the process, including evidence of lawful status, copies of passport, degree certificates, etc.  A complete list of required documents can be found at:  Required FN Documents.

Will The University of Akron sponsor my spouse and dependents?

No,  UA will only sponsor your employee petition.  You will need to consult with an outside attorney regarding sponsorship of any dependents.

What documents will my department need to submit to begin the process?   

Your department will need to provide several documents including the department H-1B request form, offer letters, and Departmental Agrreement.  A complete list of required documents can be found at:  Required Depatmental Documents,

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Barbara J. Funk, Senior Administrative Assistant

Mark Stasitis, Director Labor Relations & Immigration Srvs

The Office of Employee Immigration Services is located at 185 E. Mill Street, Akron, Ohio.

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