Extension of Status

An H-1B extension is possible if a worker is seeking to remain in the same job for a longer period of time. Extensions are normally granted for a cumulative total of six years (with a few exceptions for more time) as long as the application is received by USCIS before the expiration of the current H-1B status.

Workers currently employed at the Medical Center in H-1B status who plan to remain at the Medical Center in the same position are responsible to contact their department administrator to begin an extension eight months prior to the end date of their current H-1B status. In H-1B processing, each application — including extensions — repeats all steps of the H-1B process each time beginning with obtaining a Department of Labor prevailing wage. Only after the Office of International Services has completed the Department of Labor process is it possible to file the H-1B extension with USCIS. Currently there is no expedited Premium Processing for the Department of Labor part of the process.

H-1B Extension Instructions 

  1. Contact your department administrator eight months prior to the expiration of your current H-1B status.
  2. Traveling? Be sure to review the H-1B passport requirements.
  3. Fill out the H-1B Application Information Form. After you are contacted by the Office of International Services or the hiring department, you must complete the H-1B Application Information Form [link to form]
  4. Additional Materials - Provide International Services with a scanned (PDF) copy of the documents listed below.

Additional Materials

  • Your C.V.
  • Your highest degree certificate, translated if the degree is not in English. 
  • If the degree is from outside the U.S. it is recommended to have a credential evaluation completed. (Contact International Services for a list of credential evaluators.)
  • The front and back of the I-94 cards.
  • Passport personal data and expiration page.
  • All previous H-1B I-797 approval notices.
  • Verification that you are currently employed: current pays stubs (at least 3-4 months)
  • If you are applying for H-1B status to include clinical responsibilities and patient care, you must also provide
    • ECFMG certification and USMLE 1, 2, 3 results if they were not provided to International Services previousl
    • Most recent unrestricted State license, registration or certificate if required by your specialt
  • Personal check or money order for $325 (if your department will not cover this fee), payable to Department of Homeland Security
  • If you would like the H process expedited (Premium Processing) include a check or money order for $1,225 (if your department will not cover this fee), payable to Department of Homeland Security.

Accompanying Dependents Only

Provide the Office of International Services with a scanned (PDF) copy of the following documents: 

  • The Form I-539 is to be completed and signed by the dependent family member
  • One check payable to Department of Homeland Security for $290.
  • The front and back of the I-94 cards for all H-4 family members
  • Passport personal data and expiration page for all H-4 family members.
  • All previous H-4 I-797 approval notices.
  • Marriage and birth certificate copies.

After the Application is Submitted to USCIS 

If the extension application is filed with USCIS in a timely manner (before the expiration of the current H-1B status) then the worker does not have to wait for H-1B approval notice. With timely filed H-1B extensions, the individual is authorized to continue to work and be paid for up to 240 days after the expiration of his/her current H-1B status. Therefore, in most cases Premium Processing is only necessary if the H-1B scholar will be traveling outside the U.S.

 

Quick Reference

Pamela Redmond
Immigration Specialist

336-716-1194

predmond@wakehealth.edu

Hours
M-F, 10 am - 5 pm
Office of International Services
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27407
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