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.