The H-1B is a temporary work visa for international faculty and staff who are hired in a specialty occupation. The international scholar must have at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and the degree must relate to his or her specialty occupation. An H-1B is ideal for visiting professors, assistant professors, researchers and other professional staff.
Scholars on an H-1B visa can be initially sponsored for a three year period with a maximum total stay of six years. The H-1B is also considered a dual-intent visa, and is the best option for an international scholar who may be considering permanent residency. The process of hiring an H-1B usually takes four to five months, so it is best to contact ISSS six months ahead of the requested start date. To read more about H-1B visas versus J-1 visas, please click here for a helpful comparison chart.
If you have additional questions about whether an H-1B is the best option for your department, feel free to contact ISSS. If possible, let ISSS know the potential hire date, expected job title, and the scholar’s home country. ISSS can be reached at 404-413-2070.
Please consider the following before offering H-1B sponsorhip to a potential employee:
1. Does this position require at least a bachelor's degree and does the potential hire already have the required degree as well as all other requirements for the job? If not, you should consult with ISSS about how or when an H-1B can still be filed for the potential hire or if other visa options should be pursued.
2. Has the job offer to the potential hire already been made? If so, did you include a statement in the job offer letter stating that the "offer is contingent upon obtaining and retaining valid immigration status”? If not, contact Tammy Rosner, Assistant Director of ISSS, so that she can talk with the new hire about their current visa status and their eligibility for the H-1B category.
International Student & Scholar Services has prepared the packet of information below to assist hiring departments at Georgia State University with the process of preparing an H-1B petition. The packet includes information on applicable fees, a step-by-step description of the approval process for international employees, and a list of documents needed for adjudication by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Any faculty or staff position at Georgia State that requires a Bachelor's degree or higher can be sponsored under the H-1B category. The H-1B packet below should be used for all new, extending or transferring H-1B applications: