Another requirement for the H-1B visa is that the employer must prove that the salary meets or exceeds the Department of Labor wage determination for the position. OISS will apply for wage determination upon receipt of a Position Worksheet Sheet from the hiring department.
Wage determination takes more than 3 months. It is best to request a wage determination at least 6 months prior to the intended employment start date. (A wage determination is not needed for the Postdoctoral Employee title.)
Length of Status
H-1B visa status may be requested for up to three years at a time. H-1B status may be held for no longer than six continuous years, regardless of employer.
Assembling the Application Packet
The application must be filed by the employer (UCSB). To initiate an H-1B visa request, the sponsoring department should gather the materials below and submit them to OISS (please submit as a single file). OISS prepares the application packet:
- H-1B Department Checklist: Submit scans of the required materials to OISS to enable us to prepare the application packet. Please submit as a single file. The fees for the application will need to be submitted only when the other materials are ready to be finalized.
- H-1B Employees: Once the department has submitted the H-1B request in UCSBGlobal and OISS has approved the department request, the H-1B Employee will receive an email from OISS, inviting them to log into UCSBGlobal to complete an H-1B Scholar Questionnaire and upload all needed H-1B documents (these will include CV, transcripts/diploma, and immigration documents).