Pre-Arrival Checklist

 

J-1 Training and Exchange Visitors

J-1 visas are sponsored through the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University of Colorado Denver because National Jewish Health is not qualified to maintain our own "J-1 Program."


J-1 Sponsorship Timeframes

New J-1 visa – allow six weeks to process

Transfer of J-1 visa – allow six weeks to process

  • Work Authorization can range from 6 months up to five years total
  • Non-Clinical only – no patient care allowed
  • May be subject to a "home residency requirement" - must return to home country for at least two years when finished
  • Dependents are issued J-2 visas and may request work authorization once they arrive in the U.S.

Checklist Requesting a J-1 Visa (pdf)

 

H-1B – Professional

Sponsorship is by National Jewish Health but the petitions facilitated through the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University of Colorado Denver.


H-1B Sponsorship Timeframes

Regular Processing – allow up to four months

"Premium Processing" – allow one month ($1000 additional fee is required)

  • Work Authorization for maximum of three years at a time for up to six years total
  • Additional extensions allowed under certain circumstances
  • May be used for MD's with patient care
  • Dependents are issued H-4 visas and are not permitted to work in that status

Checklist For Requesting an H-1B Visa (pdf)