As an H-1B temporary worker, you are responsible for understanding how to maintain valid H-1B status. Please read through the information below and contact the International Center if you have any questions.
1. Maintain valid immigration documents while in the US
While in the US, make sure that your passport remains valid at least six months into the future at all times
Check your I-94 admissions record (print your I-94) or I-797 approval notice to make sure that your H-1B status expiration date is always into the future
2. Notify USCIS within 10 days of any changes to your US address
Report any changes to your US residential address to the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) within 10 days by downloading Form AR-11 (Form AR-11 may be filed using either paper or online format)
As an H-1B worker sponsored by Tufts, you are limited to working for your Tufts department, for the job and position for which you were originally sponsored
If you receive an offer for employment from an outside employer, your other employer must submit their own H-1B petition to request employment authorization for you
4. Contact the International Center before accepting any changes to your H-1B employment
H-1B status is specific to your employer and position, so any material changes to your employment - such as a change to your department, job title, job duties, hours, or plans to take a leave of absence - must be reviewed in advance by the International Center
Depending on the change, the International Center may need to file a petition with USCIS to amend or update your employment authorization before your employment changes can take place
5. Travel using your H-1B visa and I-797 Approval Notice
While working at Tufts as an H-1B employee, travel only using your H-1B visa and I-797 approval notice from Tufts (note: Canadian citizens are not required to have visas)
Check your I-94 admissions record (print your I-94) every time you return to make sure your arrival was processed correctly and your "admit until" date is in the future
Contact the International Center if you are planning to travel while Tufts is processing an H-1B extension for you, and/or if you are
6. Depart the US by the expiration of your H-1B status, or seek a timely extension of your H-1B status before your current H-1B authorization expires
Always keep a copy of your I-797 Approval Notice and I-94 departure record so that you know when your H-1B status expires
Plan to leave by the expiration of your H-1B status, or ask your department to submit an H-1B Extension Request to the International Center at least six months before your H-1B expires
If you have any questions about when your H-1B status expires, contact the International Center
Other H-1B Information
Study in H-1B Status
If you are in H-1B status, you are permitted to study in the US, on either a non-degree or degree basis, as long as you are otherwise fulfilling the terms and conditions of your H-1B employment. You are not required to change to F-1 student status unless you decide to terminate your H-1B employment and change your primary purpose from employment to study. Contact the International Center if you have further questions.
H-1B temporary workers may be accompanied by family members, including their legal spouse and/or dependent minor children under the age of 21. Family members of an H-1B worker are given H-4 status. Dependent children lose H-4 status when they get married or turn 21.
Obtaining H-4 Status
To obtain H-4 status, the family member must apply for an H-4 visa at a US consulate (note: citizens of Canada are not required to apply for visas, but must show documents establishing eligibility when requesting H-4 status upon arrival in the US). Required documents include:
Copies of the H-1B worker's passport, H-1B visa, I-797 Approval Notice, and proof of employment with salary information (such as an employer's letter, copies of paychecks, etc.)
Recommended: a copy of the H-1B employee's I-129 application packet, provided by the employer
Proof of marital / family relationship
The H-4 family member's own passport
H-4 Benefits for Study and Employment
Any dependents in H-4 status are permitted to study while in the US, on either a part-time or full-time basis. H-4 dependents are not allowed to work, except for certain H-4 spouses who are allowed to apply to the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for H-4 employment authorization.