EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
INSTRUCTIONS FOR REQUESTING AN H-1 PETITION
For initial H-1 petitions and extensions of previous ECU petitions:
- Request for H-1 petition form I-129 to be completed by hiring department (not employee).
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae of prospective employee
- Check or money order for the correct amount payable to Department of Homeland Security. To calculate amount needed, see Fees on the following page.
- If employee is currently in the U. S. and will not be leaving the U.S. before beginning or continuing ECU employment, the following items are required:
- Photocopy of both sides of employee’s I-94
- Photocopy of employee’s passport
- If employee’s dependents will be applying for or extending H-4 status:
- Copy of dependent I-94(s)
- Copy of dependents passport
- 3I-539 Form (Completed in name(s) of dependent(s) only)
- If employee is currently in F-1 status, copies of all SEVIS I-20 forms
- If currently in J-1 status, copies of all previous DS2019 forms. If any of these forms indicate that employee was subject to two-year residency requirement, one of the following is also required:
- Copy of letter from State Department recommending waiver of requirement or stating that employee was never subject to requirement.
- Copy of letter from USCIS granting waiver of two-year requirement
- If currently in H-1 status, copies of all previous H-1 petition approvals. (If petitions were for ECU employment, the International Affairs Office will have this documentation in its files.)
- Copies of any other USCISemployment authorizations (such as laminated Employment Authorization Document card)
For initial H-1 petition only (for those without a previous ECU H-1 petition):
- Copy of diplomas and transcripts
- Letters of reference from former employers or colleagues
- Copies of articles that were published
- Copy of letter of employment to prospective employee from Vice Chancellor. Letter should include the following information:
- Job title
- Beginning date of employment
- Job duties (If professional nature of position is not obvious from Job Title, responsibilities should be outlined in detail. If INS doubts that the position is a professional level one, H-1 petition will not be approved.)
- If employee is not in U.S. and will be applying for an H-1 visa at an U.S. Consulate or border, the total fee is $320.
- If employee is in U.S. and is not currently in H-1 status, the fee is $320.
- If employee is in U.S. with H-1 status and is applying for an extension, the fee is $320.
- f employee is in U.S. and his/her dependents wish to obtain H-4 status, there is an additional fee of $300.
- Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee for all new H-1B Petitions $500.
- Premium Processing Fee (Optional) $1000.
IMPORTANT: BECAUSE OF THE MANY STEPS AND MANY UNIVERSITY AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES INVOLVED. DEPARTMENTS SHOULD ALLOW 3-4 MONTHS FOR PROCESSING OF AN H-1B PETITION.