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H-1B Specialty Occupation - Information for International Faculty

H-1B visa status is for individuals who will perform services in a "specialty occupation" and is reserved for departments/schools who wish to appoint international faculty into tenure-track positions. H-1B status may be requested for a maximum of six years, with the possibility of adjusting to permanent residency during those six years.

Authorization for H-1B status is reviewed on a case by case basis in the Office of Faculty Advancement.

The employer (SDSU) must petition for H-1B status for the prospective employee. H-1B status is employer-specific, which means that SDSU must file a new H-1B petition for the prospective employee, even if they are currently in the United States in H-1B status.

Preparing the petition for H-1B visa status involves extensive paperwork from the department/school and the prospective employee. The Office of Faculty Advancement will act as a liaison between the prospective employee and the department/school and will be happy to refer the prospective employee to an off-campus immigration attorney who will prepare the necessary petition paperwork.

SDSU may initially petition for H-1B status for the prospective employee for up to three years of employment and later request extensions for a maximum of three additional years. H-1B visa petitions are submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Processing times for approval may vary anywhere from six to nine months. Most H-1B applicants cannot begin employment at SDSU until the H-1B petition has been approved; however, there are other options to expedite the process. For more information, please contact the designated immigration representative in your Dean's Office or the Office of Faculty Advancement at (619) 594-6383.

Hiring International Faculty into Tenure-Track Positions

Step-by-Step Guide: Hiring to Permanent Residency
Frequently Asked Questions


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