Department Application Instructions

Before you begin the application steps below please review the following:

Processing Time

The fastest processing time using Premium Processing is about three months, regular processing can take twice as long.

General Considerations

  • Before departments choose the H-1B status for a scholar, please review information about eligibility and associated fees
  • It is critical departments understand they are responsible for return transportation costs for any H-1B employee who is terminated prior to the end of the authorized stay and who chooses to return to their home country.
  • H-1B may be granted for a period of up to three years and can be extended to a maximum of six years (regardless of the number of employers).

Application Procedure for H-1B

  1. For new Yale sponsored employment, first use ISD to submit biographic and appointment information.  If the scholar already has an ISD record for the current appointment, please skip this step.

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    (Need an ISD account? Get more information.)

  2. Complete the following and submit directly by email to your OISS adviser:
  1. These forms must be submitted to OISS as soon as possible in order to start the H-1B process.  You can also download these forms as a packet (excluding the sample support letter) below:

    Download the H-1B Application Packet

Fees and Courier Label

You must also complete the following and submit to an OISS advisor:

  • Application Fees form
  • A courier label in order to send the application to immigration services
    (address can be found on the Application Fees form) - Note: Filing H-1B petitions with USCIS is a time sensitive matter.  Based on proximity to store locations and drop-off boxes, OISS keeps mailing supplies only for FedEx and UPS to achieve quicker and more efficient delivery results. 

Contact the scholar and ask them to begin work on the “H-1B Scholar Application” materials. These materials can be found on this website.

After You Submit to OISS

OISS will send you a Notice of Filing Labor Condition Application with the individuals information already filled in. Please follow the instructions on the form regarding the posting and completing the form. The OISS will then  prepare the rest of the H-1B application (with all the materials provided by the department and individual). Upon receiving approval from the Department of Labor, OISS will file the H-1B application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

When OISS receives the approval notice from the USCIS, the OISS adviser will contact the department and the applicant. If the applicant is overseas, OISS will send the approval notice to the applicant who must then apply for an H-1B visa to use to enter the U.S. The department is responsible for sending the approval notice to the applicant, via courier service. OISS, or the department, must complete or update the I-9 Form.