The H-1B nonimmigrant status is for an international worker who will perform services in a speciality occupation that requires "theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, and attainment of a bachelor's or higher degree in the specific specialty (or its equivalent) as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States."
All H-1B workers must maintain H-1B status by following these guidelines:
Because a valid passport is required at all times, it is the scholar's responsibility to renew or replace a passport in a timely fashion and to provide evidence of the renewal or replacement to the MU International Center.
Any scholar who will be traveling internationally with an expired visa stamp must apply for a revalidated visa stamp in person at a U.S. embassy and consulate abroad to be able to re-enter the U.S. The visa stamp process can be very lengthy. Plan ahead by making a visa appointment and allowing enough time for security clearance.
The length of time an individual may remain in the U.S. in H-1B status is indicated on the approval Form I-797A and your I-94. The hosting department should request an extension of stay at least 120 days before expiration of the current H-1B. The department must contact the H-1B adviser and provide the supporting documentation and filing fees for the petition to USCIS. The maximum length of stay for an H-1B worker, including extensions, is six years.
H-1B status is specific to the employer and terms of employment. Any changes made to the terms of employment indicated on the Form I-129 and ETA-9035 (LCA) requires the employer to process a new or amended petition for H-1B status. Failure to process a new or amended petition could result in an interruption of employment.
The H‐1B Guide: Departmental Process with Immigration Tracker is designed to help departments through every step of the H-1B process by answering the frequently asked questions. However, if questions still arise please contact the H-1B adviser.
If an H-1B scholar would like to invite a family member or friend to visit, the department may submit a letter (sample) verifying his/her status at the university.
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