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New Fee for Premium Processing

As of December 02, 2019, USCIS increased the Premium Processing fee to $1,440.  

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 (jktrautw@buffalo.edu) of acceptance of offer by foreign national employee.

 

 

  • To submit your  H-1B Request Packet.  (393 KB), you may choose to print and campus-mail the packet OR scan and e-mail. Before sending, please ensure all pages are legible. Campus mail should be directed to UB Immigration Services, 1Capen. All emailed submissions should be sent to jktrautw@buffalo.edu.

 

What Happens Next: 

 

1. We will email the listed department contact and the beneficiary (the individual to receive H-1B status) a link to a secure electronic dropbox where they can upload the supporting documents requried for your case. All documents must be uploaded six months prior to the requested start date of the H-1B.

 

2. We will email the beneficiary a link to our online questionnaire.

 

3. Our office will review the submitted materials, advise on outstanding items such as the draft letter of support, and communicate case updates.

 

Our office is happy to assist at any state in the process, so please never hesistate to contact us with your questions.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

  • To submit your H-1B Extension Request Packet.  (395 KB),  you may choose to print and campus-mail the packet OR scan and email. Before sending, please ensure all pages are legible. Campus mail should be directed to UB Immigration Services, 1Capen. All emailed submissions should be sent to jktrautw@buffalo.edu.

 

What Happens Next: 

 

1. We will email the listed department contact and the beneficiary (the individual to receive H-1B status) a link to a secure electronic dropbox where they can upload the supporting documents requried for your case. All documents must be uploaded six months prior to the requested start date of the H-1B.

 

2. We will email the beneficiary a link to our online questionnaire.

 

3. Our office will review the submitted materials, advise on outstanding items such as the draft letter of support, and communicate case updates.

 

Our office is happy to assist at any state in the process, so please never hesistate to contact us with your questions.

 

 

   

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