New H-1B Petition at CSUN

All requests for H-1B status at CSUN must be initiated through the academic department or the prospective international faculty by contacting Dr. Marta Lopez at (818) 677 3053 or at marta.lopez@csun.edu and Patricia Marquez at patricia.marquez@csun.edu.

Steps of The H-1B Petition

  1. The CSUN employing department and/or the prospective international faculty contacts the IESC to determine if an H-1B status is appropriate. NOTE: A nonimmigrant who has been in J-1 or J-2 nonimmigrant status and is subject to the Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement, must either return to his/her home country for two years, or obtain a waiver of this requirement before being eligible for H 1B status. The waiver process can take from three to twelve months.
  2. The prospective international faculty completes the H1B Data Collection Form and submits it to IESC for review. IESC requests the Labor Condition Application (LCA) from the U.S. Department of Labor.
  3. IESC reviews H1B request and prepares the petition. If documents are missing, IESC will contact the department and/or the prospective international faculty.
  4. IESC obtains a certified LCA from the U.S. Department of Labor within 30 days of step 2.
  5. IESC submits the H-1B petition to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  6. USCIS approval:
    1. If the employee is not in the U.S., IESC sends the approval notice to the prospective international faculty abroad to obtain the H-1B visa stamp and enter the U.S.
    2. H-1B employees extending CSUN employment may remain on payroll while waiting for approval if the request was submitted to USCIS before the current H-1B expires. As long as the extension petition is received by the USCIS before current expiration, the person is given 240 days of "grace" to remain living and working in the U.S. while pending.
    3. H-1B status holders who are changing employers to CSUN may be eligible for CSUN payroll when USCIS receives the petition and as a result IESC receives a copy of the USCIS H-1B petition receipt but not before.
    4. H-1B status holder who is already working at CSUN, but is moving to a different job within CSUN, may be eligible for CSUN payroll when USCIS receives the amended petition and as a result IESC receives a copy of the USCIS H-1B petition receipt but not before.
    5. Employees changing to H-1B status may begin working in H-1B status when the Notice of Approval has been received from the USCIS.

The H-1B Petition Process Overview

The H-1B Petition Process Overview