In order to come to the University of Georgia as an international scholar or faculty in H-1B temporary worker visa status, the prospective international employee must be hired by a UGA department, office, School, or Institute for a position requiring at least a Bachelor's degree in a speciality field. The prospective employee must be able to prove that he or she has earned that specific degree.
Required Paperwork and Visa Application
The sponsoring department must contact the appropriate Immigration Services immigration advisor to begin the necessary immgration paperwork. See our caseload division list here: Immigration Services scholar-faculty caseload division
UGA departments begin the H-1B sponsorship process by completing and submitting the required forms in the iStart portal. Please see the iStart Departmental User Guide for instructions on how to request a visa sponsorship in iStart.
Once the department representative completes our online request form, the employee will receive an automatic e-mail notification with a web link to a separate required online information form. When we had been both these information forms, our immigration advisor will begin the H-1B sponsorship process. This process entails three steps:
- Filing and receiving a minimum "prevailing wage" from the U.S. Department of Labor
- Filing and receiving an approved Labor Certification Application ('LCA") from the U.S. Department of Labor
- Filing and receiving an approval for an I-129, petition for a temporary worker from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
It can take between 2 months and 6 months (or longer) to process an H-1B petition, depending on the type of case processed (initial, portability, or amendment). In addition, if the employee is overseas and needs to apply for a new H-1B visa prior to beginning employment, the visa application process can take an additional month or two.
Filing Fee costs:
The costs to file the petition with the U.S. government are covered by the UGA sponsoring department. These costs include and internal case processing fee and government filing fees. Please see our fee information sheet: http://issis.uga.edu/docs/Info_Section/IS_Fees_Current_Year.pdf