Compare Types of H-1B Visa Applications
The table below lists the documentation required for each type of H-1B visa application.
|Current (pre-application) status||H-1B Type||Employment eligibility documentation required||Dependent documentation required|
|Outside of the U.S.||H-1B Overseas||UCSIS Approval Notice
Note: If the intended start date approaches and the Approval Notice has not been received from USCIS, the NU hiring department will suspend employment until it has been received.
|No additional paperwork required; dependents apply for H-4 visa using H-1B supporting documents.|
|Already in the U.S. in a different visa category||H-1B COS (Change of Status)||Dependent will file form I-539 to change, transfer or extend status.
Note: For assistance completing this form, review our I-539 Guidelines page.
|Transferring to Northwestern; holds an H-1B with another institution||H-1B COE (Change of Employer)||UCSIS Receipt Notice
Note: If the intended start date approaches and the Approval Notice has not been received from USCIS, portability provisions allow employment to begin/continue at NU based on the receipt of the Receipt Notice from USCIS.
|Holds an H-1B with Northwestern and would like to extend end date||H-1B EOS (Extension of Status)|
|Holds an H-1B with Northwestern and is being promoted, changing position, etc.||H-1B Amend||If the amendment includes an extension, the dependent will file form I-539.|
|Holds an H-1B with another institution but will collaborate with Northwestern for stipend/salary||H-1B Concurrent||Dependents should be maintained on the primary employer's H-1B.|