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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 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