OISS recommends initiating the H-1B at least six months before the H-1B begin date. Less lead time can increase the potential for delays, lapse in payroll, or requirements to leave the US for immigration purposes. Once the appointment has been confirmed with Academic Personnel or HR, the department may submit an H-1B request in UCSBGlobal. OISS will begin preparing the H-1B petition after the H-1B has been initiated/approved in UCSBGlobal, and all supporting materials have been provided.
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 through UCSBGlobal.
- H-1B Department Checklist: these items will be uploaded to UCSBGlobal. Please have checks ready to send with the application to avoid any delays.
- 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).
A requirement for the H-1B visa is that the employer must prove that the salary meets or exceeds the Department of Labor prevailing wage for the position. OISS will render a prevailing wage as part of the H-1B preparation process.