Maintaining H-1B Status
You are responsible for understanding and complying with the terms of your H-1B status during your stay in the U.S. Below is the information you need to know in order to maintain H-1B status. Please consult with the IPO Faculty Advisor if you have any questions.
- Keep your passport valid
- Work only in the position for which your H-1B was approved
- Do not accept honoraria
- Extend your status in a timely manner
- Maintain a full-time appointment
- Report address changes to USCIS within 10 days of moving
- Depart the U.S. in a timely manner
- File taxes
- Dependents in H-4 status
Your passport should stay valid at least until the end of your current H-1B petition. To renew or replace your passport, contact your country's consulate in Washington, D.C.
Your H-1B is both employer and job specific. You may only work for the employer listed on your I-797 approval notice.
If you give an occasional lecture at other institutions or conferences, you may not accept an honorarium or any other type of compesation except for reimbursement for travle and reasonable expenses.
If you are in need of an extension, please contact your department to begin the extension process. Begin this process six months prior to the expiration of your current petition.
Your employment at ISU must remain full-time while under ISU sponsorship. ISU does not provide H-1B visa sponsorship for part-time positions.
Go to the USCIS website and complete the form AR-11 under the "Change Of Address " link.
Your lawful status in the U.S. ends when your paid employment ends. If your employment ends before your I-797 Approval Notice expires, you must depart the U.S. immediately upon termination of employment.
You are required to file a yearly tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Dependents accompanying you to the U.S. may enter as H-4 dependents. Dependents in H-4 status are not eligible for employment in the U.S. but they may study part-time or full-time.
CONSULT WITH THE IPO FACUTLY ADVISOR:
- If you notice any errors on your immigration documents
- Before you or your dependents travel outside the U.S.
- Before changes (promotion, change in responsibilities) in your position at ISU occur.
- Before accepting a new position at ISU or at another institution
- If you plan to leave ISU before the end date on your I-797 approval notice