If you are seeking sponsorship from WSU for H-1B status, follow the steps below.
You may begin employment only after WSU receives your documents from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and completes your Form I-9 (employment authorization).
Search for a Suitable Faculty Position
Check job openings in your specialty occupation or contact an academic department directly.
The hiring unit contacts Global Services if it decides to offer you a job. Global Services must process all petitions for employment at WSU.
The hiring unit makes a request to Global Services 6 months or more before your proposed employment start date.
Expedited processing: Make the request at least 3 months before your proposed employment start date. An additional $1,225 USCIS filing fee applies (your employer should pay this).
Accept a Job Offer
Global Services determines whether the offered position meets H-1B specialty occupation requirements. It also checks that you have met all H-1B eligibility criteria.
Global Services will send the hiring unit instructions how to make an H-1B request. The hiring unit must initiate the request. (As a foreign national, you cannot.)
Follow Instructions Emailed to You from WSU International Programs Global Services
Global Services emails you and the hiring unit step-by-step detailed instructions regarding:
- Processing timelines
- Costs (the hiring unit pays relevant H-1B costs)
- Required documents
- H-1B visa application
- H-1B border entry
The hiring unit requests a wage determination from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). A response can take 6 to 8 weeks. No expedited processing is available.
Then the hiring unit must post a Labor Condition Application (LCA) notice for 10 days and file the application with DOL. A response can take 7 or more business days. No expedited processing is available.
Await Notification about Next Steps
WSU International Programs Global Services will contact you.
Global Services files the H-1B petition with USCIS, using overnight mail. It notifies you and the hiring unit immediately when any of the following is received:
- Receipt notice
- Request for evidence
- Approval notice
Global Services communicates next steps to you and the hiring unit.
Dependent Filing Fee Paid by H-1B Applicant
The USCIS charges a $290 filing fee to change or extend status of H-4 dependents, regardless of the number of dependents. You, the H-1B beneficiary, must pay this fee.
Your check should be made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A personal check is acceptable.
Fees Paid by Employer
For each H-1B petition, your employer pays these fees to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- $460 – Form I-129 Filing Fee
Charged to all H-1B petitions (change of status, change of employer, extension, amendment and concurrent employment)
- $500 – Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee
Charged only to a U.S. employer’s initial H-1B petition (change of status, change of employer, and concurrent employment). Does not apply to an H-1B extension or amendment petition.
- $1,410 – Optional Premium Processing Fee
Office of International Programs
The WSU Office of International Programs will charge the WSU hiring unit a $500 scholar service fee for your H-1B petition.