GW H-1B Sponsorship

The International Services Office is excited to partner with you to host and welcome new international faculty and scholars to GW!

Based on the feedback we received from various GW departments and their international employees, we recently redesigned the H-1B sponsorship application process to increase transparency, efficiency, and support.

In addition to transitioning to a paperless process, departments now have more access to direct communication with outside legal counsel, so they can be more informed every step of the way.

1. Overview
2. Eligibility
3. Application
4. Next Steps
5. Processing Times
6. Questions?


The H-1B is a temporary (nonimmigrant) visa intended for highly educated foreign professionals to work in specialty occupations requiring at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. The H-1B visa sponsorship of a potential H-1B employee must be petitioned for by the host employer.

For more information about the H-1B visa category, please explore the following websites: 


Please review the Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel's H-1B sponsorship policy to determine a position's eligibility for the H-1B nonimmigrant visa: 

GW Sponsorship Policy PDF

If your department has a position that is eligible for H-1B sponsorship, and the position has been approved by the department chair, your department may submit an application for H-1B sponsorship of that position. 

Submit an Application

Step 1: Download Request ISO Gateway Access PDF below. 

Step 2: Follow Request ISO Gateway Access PDF instructions to enter and submit the electronic application via ISO Gateway.

Request ISO Gateway Access  

Submission Guidelines:

  • Electronic submissions only. Any hard copies submitted to the ISO will be shredded.
  • Please review documentation for completeness prior to submission to ensure rapid processing.
  • Each application must be submitted for the correct employment position. Applications submitted for ineligible positions will not be considered.

Next Steps

After your department submits an application for H-1B sponsorship to the ISO, you will receive a confirmation email from our team.

Outside legal counsel will contact you to initiate the next step and request follow-up information, if necessary.


Processing Times

The H-1B petition process is long and complex, involving the ISO, the academic department, outside legal counsel, the Department of Labor, and USCIS. Minimum lead time is two (2) months.

The GW host department must submit all requested materials to the ISO at least three (2) months before the requested employment start date.

Government Processing Times:


Contact Jennifer Donaghue, Director of the International Services Office, at [email protected]