The TDS system will remind you and your hiring unit when your H-1B expiration dates expires in 180 days. Like a new or transfer H-1B, your hiring unit must initiate the H-1B extension process if they are extending your employment. The TDS system will continue to remind you and your hiring unit that your H-1B will expire in 120 days, 90 days and 60 days if an H-1B extension request has not been initiated yet.
The earliest an H-1B application can be submitted to the USCIS is six (6) months prior to the start date on the H-1B petition.
When the H-1B extension is initiated, IFSS will review and approve the request first. Then, an advisor will email you and your hiring unit further instructions and next steps. For you, the process will be the same as any other H-1B. You’ll update the same information and upload similar documentation. Some documents, like degree certificates or credential evaluations, we can re-use and IFSS will carry those over into your new H-1B extension request. However, some documents need to be updated and re-uploaded by you each time. For example, CV, I-94, visa stamp, paystubs, and maybe even your passport (since we don’t know if you have gotten a new passport since the last petition).
Once you are done with your portion, please wait for IFSS to reach out with an update. It will take several weeks for IFSS to do their portion of the process before an update can be provided, so thank you for your patience in advance.
Your H-1B extension doesn’t need to be approved by your current expiration date in order to remain in the U.S. and keep working for the UW. H-1B workers are authorized to continue working for up to 240 days while USCIS processes their petition, or until USCIS makes a decision on your petition, whichever comes first. IFSS will document the “240 rule” on your H-1B receipt notice (I-797C) and you can use that document to reverify your I-9 and renew your Wisconsin driver’s license.
The UW will only premium process H-1B extension cases where there is a demonstrated business need (for example, required international travel for conferences or meetings, etc.).