H-1B Support Letter Template for Research and Teaching Positions

Please modify the letter below as appropriate.  It should be printed on letterhead and signed by the hiring faculty member.

<DATE>

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
California Service Center
ATTN: Cap Exempt H-1B Processing Unit
24000 Avila Road, Room 2312
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 

RE: H-1B, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker
Petitioner: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Beneficiary: <NAME OF APPLICANT>
Position: <POSITION TITLE> 

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is submitted in support of the petition of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) to employ <NAME OF APPLICANT> as an H-1B temporary worker. We believe that <NAME OF APPLICANT> qualifies for H-1B status, as the position of <POSITION TITLE> is a professional one, requiring at least a <DEGREE TYPE> or equivalent in <FIELD/SPECIALTY>.  

UMMS, one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, has built a reputation as a world- class research institution, consistently producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research. The school attracts more than $255 million in research funding annually, 80% of which comes from federal funding sources. Research funding enables UMMS scientists to explore human disease from the molecular level to large-scale clinical trials. The basic and clinical research performed at UMMS has led to new approaches for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

<NAME OF APPLICANT> is being offered the position of <POSITION TITLE> within the <DEPARTMENT NAME> at UMMS. <NAME OF APPLICANT> will <DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF SPECIALIZED DUTIES TO BE PERFORMED>. In light of these demanding tasks, a candidate for the position of <POSITION NAME> is required to possess a <DEGREE TYPE> in <FIELD/SPECIALTY>. 

<NAME OF APPLICANT> is ideally qualified for the <POSIITON TITLE> position. <APPLICANT NAME> has a <DEGREE TYPE> in <DEGREE FIELD> from the <INSTITUTE AWARDING DEGREE>. In addition to <HIS/HER> educational credentials, <NAME OF APPLICANT> <ADDITIONAL SKILLS/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE, IF APPLICABLE>. The combination of <NAME OF APPLICANT>’s education, skills and experience makes <HIM/HER> eminently qualified for the position of <POSITION TITLE> for the <NAME OF DEPARTMENT> at UMMS. 

<NAME OF APPLICANT will be paid < SALARY> per year for services as a <POSITION TITLE> in addition to standard fringe benefits appropriate to <HIS/HER> position. The dates of this requested employment are <START DATE> to <END DATE>. 

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

<PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR’S NAME>
<TITLE>