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 process is lengthy and complex, involving various UC Merced units, law offices, and federal government agencies. To ensure that everything goes smoothly, it is extremely important that you contact OIA immediately if you believe a visa is required for a foreign national to begin employment at UC Merced. An initial consultation must be done with the H-1B advisor before submitting an H-1B request to gauge the feasibility of successfully obtaining the visa. This will avoid unnecessary delays in processing the petition. Please review the information below if you're considering hiring a foreign national in H-1B classification.
|Overview of the H-1B Visa||H-1B Status Request Documents|
|Costs and Fees||Processing timelines|
|Extension Instructions||Prevailing Wage Information|
|Employer Obligations||Employer Inspections|