H1B Extension Documents Checklist, Sample Work Itinerary

H1B Extension Documents Checklist - LCA, last 3 pay stubs, work itinerary, education Degree, Mark Sheets, client letter, Passport Biometric Page, H1B visa stamp.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  31 Jan, 20

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Documents Required for H1B Extension

This USCIS H1B extension documents checklist can be used for H-1B transfer or amendment as well.

If you are looking for Visa stamping in US Embassy, then you should follow the H1B Visa Interview Documents.

#1 Form I-129

Form I129 is an official USCIS form used for filing H1B application.

#2 LCA – Labor Condition Application

Un-expired LCA from past H1B can be re-used but the total H1B term will be reduced by LCA validity.

#3 Most Recent I94

  • Check last approved H1B i797A for attached paper i94.
  • Or if you last entered USA by any port of entry, download i94 from CBP website.
  • Or if you got your i94 extended after passport renewal at any Land Border like Laredo, TX or San Diego, use your paper i94 copy.
H1B i797 with attached i94
H1B i797 with attached i94

#4 Most Recent Entry to US Immigration Stamp

Check US immigration stamp in your Passport that’s stamped at port of entry.

#5 Most recent 3 Pay Stubs

Pay Slips or Salary Statement. Most employers use ADP as payroll provider. You can download your payslips from adp site.

#6 H1B Visa Stamps in Passport (If Any)

Submit color copy of H1B visa stamps from your passport.

It does not matter if the visa stamp is in old expired passport or the stamp has been marked ‘cancelled without prejudice’.

H1B visa clearance received annotation
H1B visa clearance received annotation

#7 Education Degree and Mark Sheets

Degree certificate is mandatory for H1B to prove you finished your education.

#8 Proof of Specialty Occupation

A letter from university professor attesting job requirements require special knowledge is highly recommended in addition to other documents like similar job postings, job descriptions from O*net government website.

Note that H1B specialty occupation criteria requires that you should have at-least a bachelor or masters degree.

#9 Current and OLD Passport Biometric Page

Submit color copy of passport pages with your photo and address. Passport should be valid for at-least next 3 months.

All old and expired passport’s biometric pages are required.

#10 (Optional) i140 receipt or approval

i140 approval copy is required only if you are filing H1B extension after 6 year quota.

If your employer has not shared i140 with you, you can use USCIS FOIA request to extract i140 receipt copy.

#11 Proof of Employer Employee Relationship

Third party consulting companies need to prove that they have all rights to hire, fire and control daily work assignments of H1B workers.

If you are going to work in an EVC (Employer client vendor) model, then you should use the document checklist to prove employer employee relationship to avoid RFE.

#12 Client Letter

A written letter from end client for the period of project/ work clearly mentioning start and end date is required from consulting companies. If you are working full time with end client, then this letter is not needed.

#13 H1B Work Itinerary

Third party consultants need to provide a detailed itinerary of work assignments at the end client location. A sample H1B work itinerary is given below.

Is LCA needed for H1B Extension?

A new LCA is required for H1B extension. LCA should be approved before filing an H1B extension, transfer or amendment.

Is Work Itinerary required for H1B Extension?

A detailed work itinerary is required to prove the actual work assignment and hours at the end client location. USCIS is pretty strict these days and asks for work location address and hours of work to be performed.

What documents required for L1 to H1B Change of Status?

You will need the same set of requirement that you have used for H1b extension to file H1B change of status including last 3 pay stubs, H1B cap subjected receipt number and an approved LCA.

Are payslips required for H1B extension?

Payslips are required for filing H1B extension.

How many pay stubs are required for H1B transfer?

Most recent 3 bi-weekly pay stubs are required for filing H1B transfer.
Salary slips prove your maintenance of H1B status in case of H1B extension, transfer or amendment.

Are Payslips Required for H1B extension filed from Outside USA?

Payslips are not required if you are filing H1B extension or transfer from outside USA.

Can I file H1B transfer immediately after H1B Lottery approval?

Legally, you can file for H1B transfer immediately after your H1B lottery approval on Oct 1, but, it is strongly recommended to at-least work for sponsoring employer for at-least 1 day to avoid RFE.

Sample H1B Work Itinerary

Name of Employee: ABC Gupta

Work Location 1
RoleSenior Software Engineer
Work Site Address

 

Building, floor, cubicle (suite), phone number are recommended

ABC Bank,
123 Street, Building A,

 

Floor 2, Suite 100,
New Jersey, NJ

Phone: 999-000-1234

Work Duration1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2022
Job DutiesArchitecture and design for the Business process development team.Subject matter expert within the Business process environment for Oracle, SQL server and Dot-net.

 

Technical leadership for solving complex programming tasks.

Work Location 2
RoleSenior Software Engineer
Work Site Address

 

Building, floor, cubicle (suite), phone number are recommended

ABC Bank,
XYZ Street, Building Z

 

Floor 6, Suite 325,
New York, NY

Phone: 999-111-5678

Work Duration1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2022
Job DutiesArchitecture and design for the Business process development team.Subject matter expert within the Business process environment for Oracle, SQL server and Dot-net.

 

Technical leadership for solving complex programming tasks.


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   1 Useful Questions & Answers from comments



  1. Parul
    Parul 31 Jan, 20 at 4:25 pm

    Hi,
    My H1b is Due for extension in June 2020 for three years but my passport is getting expire in 2021 September. I hold Indian citizenship. Should I get new passport for getting H1 b extension?