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Information for H-1bs

For information on the April 18 2017 Presidential Executive Order and its mention of H-1b status, please read more here.

General H-1b Information

The H-1b is an employer-specific working visa for individuals holding “specialty occupation” faculty positions at UMBC.  The H-1b petition consists of multiple attestations made by the employer regarding the salary, working conditions, special skills, and educational background needed for the job. The employer will also need to attest to compliance with U.S. export control regulations and whether the research pursued by the H-1b worker requires access to technology considered proprietary or confidential.  To learn more about the Export Control provisions, see the Information page for Visiting Students and Scholars maintained by UMBC’s Vice President for Research.

If you require UMBC to file an H-1b petition on your behalf, please review and complete the worksheet and provide all necessary documentation listed in the H-1b Worksheet.  The package is welcome to be returned in hard copy to Michelle Massey, UMBC IES, Admin 227a, or electronically to

If you have any questions about the H-1b process as it pertains to your particular situation, please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Massey at or via telephone at 410-455-2624.


H-1b Fees

There are fees which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) charges to process the H-1b petition.  These fees are paid by the hiring UMBC department in the form of separate working fund checks made payable to the Department of Homeland Security.  The fee for the I-129 form is $460.  There is a one time fee of $500 to cover the cost of fraud detection and prevention.  (Subsequent extensions of an existing H-1b for the same employer do not require the $500 to be paid again).

Finally, it may be necessary to expedite the case and include a check for $1,225 so that the petition can be sent to the Premium Processing unit.  Regular processing can take more than 8 months to be approved by the DHS, so in most cases it is best to expedite the petition, as the DHS guarantees a response within two weeks of being filed.  (UPDATE: this option is temporarily suspended, as noted above, as of April 3 2017).