Carnegie Mellon University

Degree Verifications

A degree verification officially provides proof of degrees awarded, and/or graduation date, and/or expected degrees, and/or expected graduation date.

Course or grade information is not included in verifications. If course or grade information is needed, students should order an official transcript. Semester course schedules and grades are also available within Student Information Online (SIO) for currently enrolled students.

H1B Visa Letters

H1B is a nonimmigrant visa category that allows a foreign worker to come to the U.S. and work in a "specialty occupation," which includes most professional positions on a temporary basis. An H1B visa requires a bachelor's degree or the equivalent experience. A diploma is not required for an H1B visa application; we can produce a special degree verification letter that meets the requirements.

To request an H1B visa letter:

  1. Select Grades and QPA under the Academic Info tab in SIO to ensure your degree has been certified (marked as completed) by your department. If it has been certified, it will show on an unofficial academic record as awarded. We can only produce H1B visa letters for degrees that have been certified. If you are expected to graduate but have not yet, we cannot produce an H1B visa letter. Please see Early Completion Verification guidelines if you are planning on graduating before the end of the semester. Please note that if you are still taking classes, even if you have finished all required courses, then you have not finished your degree program and we cannot produce the letter. 

  2. Send email to and use the subject line "H1B Visa Letter." State in the email that you need a degree verification for H1B visa purposes, and attach a signed Verification Request (pdf) form. 

  3. We will produce a verification letter on Enrollment Services letterhead that will be signed by the University Registrar. This letter meets the requirements for proof of degree, and can be mailed to you or picked up in The HUB. A physical signature is required, so we are unable to email the letter. Please allow 5–10 business days for processing.