H1B Visa

What is a H1B?

The H1B Visa is a nonimmigrant visa. The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is “to provide foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States and return home to share their experiences, and to encourage Americans to participate in educational and cultural programs in other countries” (8 CFR 514.1(b)). Exchange Visitors (EVs) enter the U.S. on a J visa. The DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status) is required to obtain a J-1 nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. Consulate abroad, to extend the stay of the J-1 in the U.S., or to transfer from another institution to UCLA.

  • Under current regulations, H-1B status is granted for an initial period of three years, and a three year extension is possible for a maximum duration of six years. H-1B petition is employer specific.
  • Dependents of H-1B holders are eligible for H-4 status. H-4 holders are not eligible to work in the U.S.
  • UCLA will support H-1B status for an individual who has been offered a full-time temporary position as a faculty member, researcher, or other professional which is critical to the institution’s academic or research mission.

> Examples of payroll titles which qualify are Lecturer or higher faculty title, Postdoctoral Scholar (3252), Staff Research Associate II or higher, and Programmer/Analyst II or higher. A job offer of three or more years is required. UCLA students are not eligible for UCLA H-1B petition sponsorship.


  • $400 Dashew Center service fee, charged by our office to department
  • $1,800 legal fee for Form I-29 petition-Law office legal fee
  • $100 (approximate disbursements not to exceed $100) 
  • $65 (around) Education evaluation fee- if degree is from outside of the US


  • $460 USCIS basic filing fee for the I-29 petition
  • $500 USCIS fraud prevention filing fee for the I-29 petition
  • $2,500 premium processing filing fee for the I-129 petition

*Fees Subject to Change

If case is not filed with premium processing, please be aware that it could take some time to receive communications that further evidence is required.

  • Dashew or Law office will notify applicant and all parties once the approval email has been received from USCIS.
  • USCIS will send physical document to either Dashew Center or Law office if the case has been approved. If person is outside US, Law office will send the document via fed ex with instructions to apply for visa stamp at US consulate, that will allow the individual to enter the US. If individual is local, Dashew center will contact the H-1b recipient to check in.
  • Law office will send department an invoice for filling fees etc.

For more information please visit The Dashew Center. 

  • Contact Dashew 12 months prior to start date of the H-1b.
  • H-1b cases are taken case by case and are unique.
  • Receipt of approval for all submitted cases varies. Some cases are approved between 3 to 6 months and at times a year. Please keep in mind when considering premium processing.
  • It is important that an early discussion occur between PI and potential new or transitioning individual to permanent titles and appointment to allow for sufficient time to contact the appropriate office regarding title options.
  • Premium processing is an optional service currently authorized for certain petitioners filing Forms I-129 or I-140, to request 15-day processing of these forms if they pay an extra fee. The premium processing fee is paid in addition to the base filing fee and any other applicable fees. It cannot be waived.

For more information please visit The Dashew Center. 



Step-By Step Proces


Step 1) Complete the Semel Postdoctoral Pre-Appointment Questionnaire prior to filling out the form below.
Step 2) Arrange a time to meet with the ATO for further guidance by filling out the inquiry request form below. Make sure to upload the questionnaire from Step 1 at the bottom of the inquiry.
Important note: H1B Visas are only for Postdoctoral employee title code 3252