I have developed a form in Visual Studio 2010 professional as Visual WebPart in which I have the following fields and for the same I have created a LIST with the same columns.

  1. Employee ID
  2. Employee Name
  3. Login ID
  4. Internet Access Required Yes No (Radio Buttons)
  5. ID Create...Reset...Delete (CheckBoxes for these 3 selections)
  6. Unit Head Approval
  7. Department Head Approval

Actually user will fill the fields from 1 to 5 and upon submission I want Unit Head to approve the request and then it should go to Department Head for approval.

I am unable understand how to do this so please help me connecting the dots ...and guide me what steps are required to achieve this.


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I don't understand why do you craete your custom form? Do you want to use this form as workflow initial form? if so, you can see this post. Also you can see this video to understant how to create simple approval workflow.

  • Because we have standard license and can't design and publish infopath form that's why. What do you suggest Alexander? let me know if I can simplify things on your advise
    – Mehwish
    Jan 24, 2012 at 10:33
  • Well while I've posted the question here I did create the same form using OOTB and called the list using SharePoint Controls in Designer..and called the Custom List Form and defined the Type. Fine but how to attach the approval process for UNIT HEADS and DEPARTMENT HEAD using both Scenarios...with/without Visual Studio Custom Form.
    – Mehwish
    Jan 24, 2012 at 10:42
  • I do not know your task. But I see following solution. You can create list with these fields. when the user clicks "Add new item" link on list view form of this list, the create new item form is opened (it is auto generated form, I think that you do not need licence for this :) ). The user fills this form and click create. After this your workflow is started. In workflow you can retrieve data from this item. in other case you can see post that I provided. it describes how to create initialization form for workflow. but in this case you can see this form only if the user starts workflow manual.
    – Alexander
    Jan 24, 2012 at 10:46
  • also you can create list, each item of this list should contains user, unit head and department head names. In your workflow you can get an item that is relevant to you user and retrive approvers names.
    – Alexander
    Jan 24, 2012 at 10:50
  • The task is simple Alexander...we are IT department and we receive forms from users for different purpose like MIS Report Request Form, Leave Application Form etc. Every department has UNIT HEADS and DEPARTMENT HEAD ..upon submission I want the automatic process of approval from bottom to top like first unit head approval and finally head of department and whenever approver approves the form field where it says UNIT HEAD and HEAD OF DEPARTMENT the name should appear with the status "Approved" with the current date. I've developed the form based on ur advise just need to work on workflow part.
    – Mehwish
    Jan 24, 2012 at 10:59

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