H-1B Departments

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Initial/Transferring H-1B Procedure

Hiring units should become familiar with H-1B status and H-1B visas as well as with UBIS's H-1B procedures.  Please refer to UBIS's most current information regarding H-1B's here. Initial/Transferring H-1B Request Packets must be delivered to UBIS at least 6 months before the proposed start date.  Failure to do so could result in the H-1B employee not being on the payroll in time for their first day of employment.  Call (716) 645-2355 if you should have any questions regarding your H-1B case.

Initial/Transferring H-1B Processing Steps for Departments:

  • Department notifies UBIS by e-mail of acceptance of offer by foreign national employee.

 

 

  • You must provide the  H-1B Request Packet.  (393 KB) either via campus mail or hand deliver to 1Capen. We do not accept H-1B packets via e-mail. If you drop off the packet at 1Capen by 11:00 a.m., we will notify you of receipt by close of business the same day. We will notify you of receipt of the H-1B packet by close of the next business day if the packet is delivered after 11:00 a.m.   

 

 

   

The following links may be used to complete the H-1B Initial/Transferring Request Packet and to access the latest information from USCIS regarding how to pay USCIS filing fees and how long USCIS is taking to process H-1B petitions.

(Enter California Service Center when using "USCIS Processing Time Information")

H-1B Extension Procedure

Hiring units must submit H-1B Extension Packets to UBIS at least 6 months before the current H-1B expiration date.  Call (716) 645-2355 if you should have any questions regarding your H-1B case.

H-1B Extension Processing Steps for Departments

 

  • You must provide the H-1B Extension Request Packet.  (395 KB) either via campus mail or hand deliver to 1Capen. We do not accept H-1B packets via e-mail. If you drop off the packet at 1Capen by 11:00 a.m., we will notify you of receipt by close of business the same day. We will notify you of receipt of the H-1B packet by close of the next business day if the packet is delivered after 11:00 a.m.   

 

   

The following links may be used to complete the H-1B Extension Request Packet and to access the latest information from USCIS regarding how to pay USCIS filing fees and how long USCIS is taking on average to process H-1B petitions.

(When checking on H-1B processing times, please enter California Service Center)

H-1B Visa for Medical Residents

H-1B Request Forms specifically designed in cooperation with the Office of Graduate Medical Education can be accesed below.

Travel Information for H-1Bs

In order to be lawfully admitted to the U.S. as an H-1B or H-4 (dependant of H-1B), the individual must obtain a corresponding visa stamp.  The only exceptions to this rule are where the individual is a citizen of a country whose citizens are visa exempt or the individual is traveling to Canada or Mexico for a short visit in accordance with the automatic revalidation provisions of the U.S. Department of State. These provisions are explained at "General Travel Information" below.

Change of Address & USCIS Notification Requirement

In order to report a change of address to USCIS, please review the information below.

Taxation Information for H-1Bs

The International Employment Unit of Human Resources provides a wide range of services to foreign nationals working at UB.  Please refer to the link below for a list of services and contact information.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs and activities.  The entire notice of non-discrimination can be viewed here:

Disclaimer

The information contained on this web page is provided as a service to the international faculty, researchers, staff, employees and administrators of University at Buffalo, and does not constitute legal advice on any immigration, tax, or other matter. We try to provide useful information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site or any associated site. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and laws are constantly changing, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent counsel. Neither the University at Buffalo nor the Office of UB Immigration Services is responsible for any errors or omissions contained on this web page, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.

Contact

Email: immgsvc@buffalo.edu        Tel. Number: (716) 645-2355