H-1B Status for Scholars
USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service) defines an H-1B occupation as a “specialty occupation” that requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, and the 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. This definition seldom presents any difficulty to the university since virtually all positions for which we would consider an H-1B meet these criteria. Consult ISSS if you have questions. The university seldom files H-1B petitions for positions that require less than a master’s degree.
Departments may consider H-1B status for a scholar if:
It is possible for an individual to have more than one H-1B employer. An example would be a scholar who is working on a project for one employer and consulting with another employer on similar material. Please consult ISSS when contemplating such an arrangement.
*The H1b Visa Reform Act of 2004 created a new Fraud Prevention and Detection fee of $500. This requires all employers filing for a new H1b to pay the fee for any new petitions filed on or after March 8, 2005. This fee is not applicable if the department is requesting an extension of H1b status for someone already on a CU-Boulder H1b. Departments that are required to pay the fee will have to prepare a payment voucher for the PSC. The payment voucher must first be signed by ISSS (for immigration fees only). Send the payment voucher to ISSS (123 UCB) and ISSS will sign and forward it to the PSC. Call ISSS at 303-492-8057 if you need more information.