H-1B Temporary Workers
The H-1B classification allows individuals to work temporarily in the United States in a specialty occupation. A specialty occupation is defined as one that requires “theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, and attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree, or its equivalent, as a minimum requirement.” The H-1B permits a maximum of six years of employment, including time spent in H-1B status with another employer. An initial application may be made for a period of three years or less. Extension applications may be made for periods of three years or less, for an aggregate of six-years.
As part of the application process, the hiring department must provide documentation to prove that the job requires someone with special qualifications and that the candidate meets those qualifications. USCIS makes the final decision as to whether or not the scholar qualifies for H-1B classification.
The Department of Homeland Security requires that employers provide an export license determination in order to employ certain nonimmigrant workers, including individuals in H-1B status. This determination is made by Stevens’ Export Compliance officer who will review the job description and determine whether an export license is required for the position.
The H-1B is employer specific, and the ISSS office processes all H-1B applications for employees at Stevens.