The Berkeley International Office (BIO) is the official start written on roadcampus office for submission of visa applications. BIO advises hiring units and ladder-rank international faculty on required documentation and provides advice and assistance. 

Here is some general information for the hiring unit and the ladder-rank international faculty member in getting the process started.

  • The department chair or dean may inquire if a prospective ladder-rank faculty member needs U.S. work authorization only after making an informal offer of employment. This information should not be shared with campus reviewers until a formal written offer of employment is made.
  • All prospective ladder-faculty who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents need to obtain an H-1B visa sponsored by UC Berkeley before they can begin employment. This applies even if the new faculty member is already in the U.S. with a J-1 or H-1B visa sponsored by another employer. 
  • The hiring unit should contact Ally Martinez ( 643-4370), as soon as a prospective ladder-rank faculty member has indicated that he/she is likely to accept a formal offer.
  • Even on the most aggressive timeline (at additional cost), it requires more than 2 months to get an H-1B visa approved from the time that the hiring unit submits the H-1B visa request packet and supporting materials to BIO.
  • The H-1B visa application requires that the hiring unit and the new international faculty member submit a number of documents as described on the BIO website.
  • Hiring units are encouraged to submit the application for Permanent Residency status immediately after submission of the materials for the H-1B visa application. The PR application must be submitted within 18 months of the date on the formal written offer letter of employment.
  • The hiring unit is responsible for paying the fees for the visa application. The new faculty member is responsible for a few additional fees, as well as visa fees for family members.
Please note that while Campus Shared Services handles the H-1B Visa, Berkeley International Office will interact directly with the hiring unit to secure Permanent Residency.