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H-1B Specialty Occupations and Submissions

The H-1B non-immigrant status is specific to the employer, the foreign national, the job the foreign national is performing and the period of authorization. Only a person in the H-1B status for which the University of Rochester is the petitioner may work for the University. 

The position must be full-time; no H-1Bs for part-time positions will be processed for the University of Rochester.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree or higher in a body of specialized knowledge and the foreign national must hold the appropriate degree.

An H-1B worker will have an approved petition from USCIS on Form I-797 stating that the University of Rochester is the petitioner. The hiring department pays the filing fees.

The ISO processes all H-1Bs for the University. Outside counsel is not used to process H-1Bs. Learn more about working at the University.

H-1B Petition Types

Please submit initial (which includes consulate notification and portability), extension and change of status requests six (6) months in advance. This is the earliest ISO can file with the Department of Labor and USCIS.

See the H-1B processing time page for more information.

Consulate Notification

If an initial H-1B request is for a new hire who is outside the U.S., it may be necessary for the new hire to obtain a visa stamp in their passport from a U.S. Consulate or Embassy in their country of citizenship. Canadian citizens do not need a visa stamp to enter the U.S.

Learn more about obtaining an H-1B visa stamp.

H-1B Portability

An H-1B portability request is similar to an initial H-1B request. However, once the University has filed an H-1B portability petition with USCIS and received a USCIS receipt for the H-1B petition, immigration regulations allow a person who is currently in the H-1B status for another employer to begin working for the University of Rochester while the H-1B petition is pending with USCIS.

Pending Extension Petitions

While an H-1B extension is pending with USCIS, the H-1B employee is allowed to continue to work for up to 240 days after the expiration of the prior H-1B validity period.

For all H-1B Petition Types


The hiring department must pay the H-1B fees. Learn more about H-1B fees.


Please submit the completed H-1B Employee Questionnaire, and (if applicable) a completed H-1B Family Member Questionnaire for each eligible dependent, to your hiring department at the University. Include all supporting documentation with your questionnaire(s).

Department Representatives

Please submit H-1B Department Questionnaire along with all supporting documentation, fees, the H-1B Employee Questionnaire and any H-1B Family Member Questionnaire to:

ISO, 40 Celebration Drive, Box 270446