The H-1B visa status is a temporary, nonimmigrant, employer-specific category for professionals in specialty occupations at Georgia Tech. The H-1B employment authorization category applies to foreign workers of “distinguished merit and ability” who are brought to the United States temporarily to perform services in a “specialty occupation” which requires theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge.
All H-1B petitions for Georgia Tech employment must be processed by Global HR, and the employing department must initiate all H-1B requests.
Georgia Tech sponsorship for H-1B status is available for the following employment categories:
- Postdoctoral Fellows
- Regular Research Faculty
- Regular, Non-Tenure Track Teaching Faculty
- Tenured or Tenure Track Teaching Faculty
The job must meet one of the following criteria to qualify as a specialty occupation:
- Bachelor’s or higher degree or its equivalent is normally the minimum entry requirement for the position
- The degree requirement for the job is common to the industry or the job is so complex or unique that it can be performed only by an individual with a degree
- The employer normally requires a degree or its equivalent for the position
- The nature of the specific duties is so specialized and complex that the knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree.
To qualify to accept a job offer in a specialty occupation the candidate must meet one of the following criteria:
- Have completed a U.S. bachelor’s or higher degree required by the specific specialty occupation from an accredited college or university
- Hold a foreign degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s or higher degree in the specialty occupation
- Have education, training, or progressively responsible experience in the specialty that is equivalent to the completion of such a degree, and have recognition of expertise in the specialty through progressively responsible positions directly related to the specialty.