H-1B Process

H-1B status is used at the University of Denver to temporarily employ non-immigrants in faculty, staff, and post-doctoral positions. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) limits the H-1B visa to use in "specialty occupations" that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge.

Please refer to the H-1B Temporary Workers Handbook for more information.

  • Purpose: Temporary professional employment
  • Intent: Return home or may become a permanent resident.
  • Application: Petition filed by DU with DOL and USCIS. May change status in the U.S. or apply for visa at U.S. embassy abroad.
  • Duration: Up to 6 years for all H-1B employment, given in 3 year increments.


How to Request H-1B Sponsorship for an Employee

To receive the most accurate advice and avoid unexpected delays, departments should start a new sponsorship request as early as possible.

After a sponsorship request for a scholar or employee has been started, ISSS will first confirm the visa type required. Further instructions and the documents needed for processing are available after this stage.

  1. Navigate to the ISSS Portal at isss.du.edu
  2. Select ‘Department Access to Visiting Scholars’
  3. Click Login for Department Admins'
  4. Follow the instructions for submitting a sponsorship request

If you need access to the ISSS Portal or have questions about this process, contact ISSS at isss@du.edu.