Global HR is responsible for processing and filing nonimmigrant petitions with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The appropriate immigration status for a foreign national employee is determined by Global HR after the hiring department completes the Visa Type Questionnaire in iStart.
Nonimmigrant Employment Categories
Global Human Resources at Georgia Tech oversees the processing of the following nonimmigrant visa categories filed on behalf of the Institute for qualified employees:
- H-1B Temporary Workers
The H-1B visa status is a temporary, nonimmigrant, employer-specific category for professionals in specialty occupations at Georgia Tech.
- TN (Trade NAFTA) for Canadians and Mexicans
TN is a temporary, nonimmigrant status available in increments of up to three years to certain Canadian or Mexican citizens only.
- O-1 Alien Workers of Extraordinary Ability
The O-1 visa status is a temporary, nonimmigrant category for professionals/people highly distinguished in their fields (top 10%) who will work in that field.
- E-3 Australian 'Specialty Occupation' Professionals
The E-3 visa category is a temporary, nonimmigrant category available only to nationals of the Commonwealth of Australia entering the U.S.
Nonimmigrant Visitor Category
- B-1 (or VWB) Visitor for Business
The B-1 visa classification may be used by a scholar coming to the United States for a temporary stay (generally up to six months) to participate in scientific, educational, professional, or business conventions or conferences, or to undertake independent research. A B-1 visa holder may have a non-salaried academic appointment at GT. B-1s who are appointed to the academic staff or sponsored research staff must register at Global HR.
The authorized administrator should contact Global HR prior to beginning the process for advice on the appropriateness of this classification for a given scholar and for instructions on the GT letter of invitation and related procedures.