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Reminder regarding employment offers and start dates for H-1B employees

As a reminder, H-1B sponsorship requires that a verified offer of employment (or equivalent agreement/contract) is in place before OIS may begin processing an H-1B Request. This assumes that all standard search and selection steps have already been completed.

In addition, H-1B regulations require that the H-1B worker begin employment within a certain day limit of the start date. The individual may not be “benched” from beginning employment. This means that all criminal background and pre-employment steps must be completed before the start date is reached.

To ensure that the H-1B worker has the best chance of meeting employment start date requirements, OIS is now asking that a copy of the appointment form approval email from the Office of Access and Equity (OAE) be attached to the H-1B request form.

OIS advisors will review the timing and documentation requirements for an H-1B petition at the Sponsoring H-1B Specialty Workers workshop on April 4. In the meantime, department administrators may review the H-1B information included in the Guide to Hiring or Inviting Foreign Nationals to UIC, download request forms, and contact OIS with questions.

The mission of the Office of International Services is to advance internationalization at UIC by providing comprehensive support, including advising on both government and university policies, as well as offering cross-cultural programming. Questions or comments about this announcement can be directed to OIS at or (312) 996-3121, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit our contact page for more ways to connect.