The Office of International Services (OIS) assists international faculty and scholars who will be conducting research or teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park with the process of applying for a visa.
A visa is a document that is placed into your passport and allows you to request permission from an Immigration officer at a port of entry (usually at an airport) to enter the United States. The visa itself does not guarantee admission into the U.S.; all other immigration documents must be in order as well.
Step 1. Receive an offer of employment to conduct research or teach at the University of Maryland
Step 2. Receive original H-1B approval notice and travel packet
Step 3. Schedule a visa interview appointment
Take these items to your appointment.
If all goes smoothly, you will receive an H-1B visa stamp in your passport. Check your visa for errors before you leave the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. After you have received your visa, you may proceed with making travel arrangements.
Upon entry into the U.S., a CBP Officer will create an electronic I-94 record of your arrival. The CBP Officer will provide an admission stamp directly in your passport which will be annotated with the date of admission, class of admission (H-1B) and admitted until date.
You can access your I-94 record at www.cbp.gov/i94. OIS recommends that you review your record to ensure it is correct.