Below is a general breakdown on how to apply for an H-1B visa abroad.
Step 1 – Verification of Employment
Current employees should obtain a verification of employment letter with the Office of Human Resources. New employees entering the U.S. can should use the official offer of employment letter issued by the Office of Human Resources. Please note that only the Office of Human Resources can issue verification of employment/offer letters.
Stage 2 – Visa Application
The Form DS-160 is an online application to apply for a Nonimmigrant visa (i.e. H-1B Visa). In addition, you will schedule an appointment at the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate to interview with a Consular Officer. Please review the Resources page for more information on visa appointment wait times and U.S. Embassy/Consulate locations.
Stage 3 – Visa Interview
It is recommended that you bring the following documents with you when you attend your appointment.
- Confirmation page of the DS-160.
- The original I-797 Approval Notice.
- A complete copy of the H-1B petition that was filed on your behalf.
- Verification of Employment letter (Offer Letter for new employees)
- 3 most recent pay stubs (current employees)
- Passport. Passports should hold at least 6 months of validity before applying for a visa.
- Any previous passports with U.S. visas.
Stage 4 – Obtain visa
If all goes well the U.S. Embassy/Consulate will take your passport and issue a new H-1B visa stamp. Review the visa stamp for any errors before leaving the facility. After you receive the visa stamp you can proceed with travel arrangements to the U.S.
Stage 5 – Entry into the U.S.
Upon entry into the U.S. you will meet with a Customs and Border Protection Agent who will review your documentation and create the electronic Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record. The Form I-94 record will reflect the length of stay you are eligible to remain in the United States under. Please provide Visa and Immigration Services with a copy of the Form I-94 (I-94 look up located on Resources Page) and visa stamp.