ISSO H-1B Work Flow

H-1B Temporary Nonimmigrant Workers in Specialty Occupations
Basic Procedures – General Work Flow

Step 1: Information and Evidence Gathering

  • Department and scholar complete forms, gather and prepare supporting documents, letters, ISSO and USCIS fees, etc.
  • Department submits request packet to ISSO

Step 2: ISSO Review, State of California and U.S. Department of Labor Approval Process

  • ISSO reviews request packet; communicates with department about any questions
  • ISSO obtains Prevailing Wage Determination from the National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center (NPWHC)
  • ISSO completes and files Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Dept of Labor
  • ISSO Prepares Public Access File and Union Notification (if applicable)
  • ISSO prepares final H-1B petition; submits to the USCIS

Step 3: Submission of Petition to USCIS

  • USCIS reviews and adjudicates petition in approximately 5-6 months (regular processing)
  • If UCSF Department elects to pay an additional fee to USCIS for Premium Processing, USCIS reviews and adjudicates petition in 2 weeks

Step 4: Consular Processing Required if Scholar is Outside US

  • Upon approval, ISSO sends required documentation to scholar abroad
  • Scholar schedules visa appt. with U.S. Embassy/Consulate (n/a to Canadian citizens)
  • U.S. Embassy/Consulate reviews application, conducts security background check, issues visa stamp

Step 5: Scholar Arrives at UCSF

  • Scholar arrives and immediately checks in with ISSO
  • Scholar completes Form I-9 within first 3 days of employment
  • Scholar attends H-1B orientation session