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Commencing H-1B Employment

Once Form I-797, Notice of Approval, has been received, a non-immigrant employee may begin work at the University. Depending on where the employee is currently located, additional action may be required before H-1B status has been acquired.

In addition to the standard I-9 hiring and verification process, a new H-1B employee must also make an appointment to meet with Laura Buhs, International Scholar Advisor, prior to beginning employment. To make an appointment, please email Laura at .

Initial Employment for Employee in the United States

Once ISSS has received the approval notice for an employee, the University may lawfully employee him or her. We will notify both the department and the employee that the petition has been approved and a new I-94 card has been received. The I-94 card establishes the employee's legal presence in H-1B status in the United States and must be collected. The approval notice will be provided to the employee to document that he or she is in H-1B status and eligible to work for DU.

Initial Employment for Employee outside the United States

Once the H-1B petition has been approved, USCIS will send an approval notice to ISSS and notify the U.S. embassy or consular office designated in the petition. The department must collect the approval notice from ISSS and forward it to the employee. The employee must apply for an H-1B entry visa, and if granted, enter the United States in H-1B status. For more information about applying for entry visas, please visit the Department of State's travel website.

Extension of Current Employment at DU

Once the H-1B petition has been approved, USCIS will send an approval notice to ISSS. We will notify both the department and the employee that the approval notice has been received and is ready to pick up. The employee does not need to meet with an advisor prior to commencing the new period of employment in H-1B status.