Immigration and Visa
Office of International Education,
UB Immigration Services
Pursuant to SUNY Board of Trustees Policy 8500, the Office of International Education has named UB Immigration Services as the only unit within the Office authorized to handle immigration matters for international scholars and employees.
H-1B Request Packets must include all necessary documentation and be submitted to UB Immigration Services at least 6 months before the proposed employment start date. The 6-month requirement is necessary because the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, and U.S. Department of State take a total of 17 to 25 weeks to complete their work, depending on the number of cases they have in their queues. (See Government Processing Times and Associated Waiting Periods for H-1B Petitions). Complete and properly organized Request Packets help reduce the amount of time it takes UBIS to review the documentation for legal sufficiency. UBIS will return H-1B Request Packets that are not complete.
UBIS is the only authorized representative of the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Research Foundation of SUNY at Buffalo and the UB Foundation in matters of employment-based non-immigrant (Form I-129) and immigrant (Form I-140) petitions.
New H-1B's are required to check in with UBIS, 210 Talbert Hall, North Campus, within 10 days of arriving at UB. Information concerning this process can be found in the H-1B Approval Packet, which contains the I-129 Approval Notice that is mailed to the H-1B. Checking in with UBIS permits us to confirm that the H-1B, and dependents, if any, have been properly admitted into the U.S., to obtain contact information, and to schedule an appointment with our staff to discuss options for permanent residency.
SUNY Policy Concerning Legal and Financial Support for Immigration Petitions
UBIS processes H-1B petitions in accordance with SUNY's Policy Concerning Legal and Financial Support for Immigration Petitions. Hiring units and foreign national employees may find the policy at: SUNY Immigration Petitions-Legal and Financial Support for 070716
EEO Issues and Prohibited Job Postings
A Deemed Export Controls Attestation is required for each H-1B petition. The process for verifying that the State University at Buffalo, Research Foundation of SUNY at Buffalo, and you are in compliance with export controls is coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development ("OVPR") with department and school administration. For guidance and assistance in complying with deemed export certification and in providing the information requested here please contact your Department Export Control Liaison or-
Ed Zablocki, OVPR, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To access the Deemed Export Controls Attestation or to read about Deemed Export Controls, please refer to the links below:
H-1B PROCEDURES FOR DEPARTMENTS
Initial/Transferring H-1B Procedure
Hiring units should become familiar with H-1B status and H-1B visas as well as with UBIS's H-1B procedures. Please refer to UBIS's most current information regarding H-1B's here: Introduction. Call (716) 645-2355 if you should have any questions regarding your H-1B case.
H-1B Processing Steps for Departments:
The following links may be used to complete the H-1B Initial/Transferring Request Packet and to access the latest information from USCIS regarding how to pay USCIS filing fees and how long USCIS is taking on average to process H-1B petitions.
(Enter California Service Center)
H-1B Extension Procedure
Hiring units must submit H-1B Extension Packets to UBIS at least 6 months before the current H-1B expiration date. Call (716) 645-2355 if you should have any questions regarding your H-1B case.
H-1B Extension Processing Steps for Departments:
The following links may be used to complete the H-1B Extension Request Packet and to access the latest information from USCIS regarding how to pay USCIS filing fees and how long USCIS is taking on average to process H-1B petitions.
(Enter "California Service Center")
H-1B Visa for Medical Residents
Forms have been moved. Please use the following link:
Travel Information for H-1Bs
Changes of Address & USCIS Requirement
Taxation Information for H-1Bs
Notice of Non-Discrimination
The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs and activities. The entire notice of non-discrimination can be viewed here: http://affirmativeaction.buffalo.edu/about.htm.
The information contained on this web page is provided as a service to the international faculty, researchers, staff, employees and administrators of University at Buffalo, and does not constitute legal advice on any immigration, tax, or other matter. We try to provide useful information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site or any associated site. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and laws are constantly changing, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent counsel. Neither the University at Buffalo nor UB Immigration Services, Office of International Education, is responsible for any errors or omissions contained on this web page, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.