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H-1B Temporary Workers


Due to the COVID-19 situation, our main office (KL-101) is closed until further notice, but we remain available remotely, M-F 8:00-5:00, to answer questions and provide remote advising and other services. We are also available to address any emergencies.

 Employment-based visas: Becky Mirza (; 209-355-0913)

J-1 scholar visas: Rico Johnson (; 209-355-1018)

Student (F-1, J-1) visas: Lacey Long-Vejar (; 209-259-8913)

ISS-related emergencies: Becky Mirza (209-355-0913)

Other queries & concerns: Garett Gietzen (; 209-285-9780)

On March 20, 2020, USCIS suspended Premium Processing. This has implications to getting an I-129 Petition adjudciated within a short time period. H-1B sponosrhsip will currently take a minimum of 6 months to process unless USCIS lifts the suspension. Click here to read the USCIS policy.

The H-1B Visa is complex, not all UC Merced affiliates are eligible for sponsorship, and preparation requires input from the scholar and the host department. In this section, there are instructions, a flow chart, general overview and detailed H-1B information for the foreign nationals at or coming to UC Merced on an H-1B Visa.

The H-1B Visa application process must start with the hiring department. The instructions and resources provided here should only be used by scholars after the hiring department and the OIA have confirmed that UC Merced will sponsor the H-1B. You can always contact OIA if you have questions about this process.


Instructions for Foreign National Maintaining Legal Status
Extending your H-1B Status Dependents
Changing Employees Traveling in H-1B Status
Leaving UC Merced After H-1B