H-1B Professors and Staff
Federal law provides for a certain number of temporary visas to
be approved each year for employment in "specialty occupations."
The requirements for the position are that:
- It must be one which requires at least a Bachelor's Degree in
a specific field;
- The Department of Labor must recognize the position as a specialty
- The university must pay at least the "prevailing wage" in the
Provided the position satisfies these qualifications, the prospective
faculty or staff must:
- Have the U.S. degree, or equivalent, necessary to satisfy the
- Either be in the U.S. currently on a valid visa with the ability
to change to an H-1B or be in a position to travel to a U.S. Consulate
or Embassy outside the U.S. to receive the H-1B.
Employment authorization with an H-1B is contingent upon which
employer sponsored the H-1B. In other words, an H-1B visa holder
may work ONLY at JMU if JMU is the sponsoring employer on the underlying
H-1B petition submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
The H-1B can be granted for an initial period of three years, followed
by an extension of three years. In the meantime, the employee may
choose to begin the process of applying for permanent residence
(a green card.)
If a Department is interested in hiring international faculty or professional staff on an H-1B visa, the Background Form for H-1B's (found here) must be completed and returned to Delores Blough, MSC 8003 as soon as possible.