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H-1B sponsorship requires the coordinated efforts of the OIS, the hiring department and the H-1B Beneficiary.

The OIS, in cooperation with Administration, has a strict policy on H-1B sponsorship. It is not at the discretion of the Department to offer H-1B sponsorship to all individuals. The OIS will advise if another status [i.e. J-1 Research Scholar, F-1 Optional Practical Training, etc…] must be exhausted before a H-1B petition will be filed.

The H-1B Business Process Flowchart documents the H-1B process from initation to adjudication.

Required forms:

The OIS implemented a new electronic H-1B process in February 2014. The new process will allow sponsoring Departments and H-1B Beneficiaries to submit all forms via iHopkins, the central database used by the OIS to process H-1B applications.

The hiring department will begin the electronic H-1B process in iHopkins and will provide the H-1B Beneficiary with a link to the required forms.  There are three required forms that the H-1B Beneficiary will need to complete.  Upon completing the electronic forms, the H-1B Beneficiary should review the H-1B Applicant Checklist. When all required documents have been collated, the supporting documents should be submitted to:

If any document requires a translation, please use the Certification by Translator Form provided by the OIS.