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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. Also be sure to read the Employer Obligations to be informed on important H-1B visa regulations. Here is a helpful one page document to distribute. Click here.

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
J-1 to H-1B Comparison