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H-1B Visa New Application

The H-1B is a nonimmigrant classification used for temporary employment in a specialty occupation. A specialty occupation requires theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge along with at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. CSUSB will petition the H-1B visa category only for tenure-track faculty positions and full-time staff, with at least a bachelor’s degree.

SIX-YEAR MAXIMUM

You can maintain H-1B status for a maximum of six years. Your initial H-1B status can be granted for up to three years, and you can renew your status for up to three additional years.

After six years in H-1B status, you must leave the United States for one year before an employer can file a new H-1B petition for you. H-1B status may be granted for longer than six years in limited cases.

SPECIFIC WORK LIMITATION

H-1B employees can do only the work that is listed on their H-1B petition. The employer (department), title, duties, and location of the job must match what the petition says. If the job changes, the department may need to file a new H-1B petition.

DUAL INTENT AND PERMANENT RESIDENCE

H-1B employees may choose to pursue permanent residence in the United States. This is different from other visa categories, which require you to prove that you plan to return to your home country after your program ends. If you wish to apply for permanent residence, please see an immigration attorney as soon as possible, once you have contacted CISP for H-1B processing.

PREVIOUS PARTICIPATION AS A J-1 OR J-2

If you have been in the United States as a J-1 exchange visitor or J-2 dependent and are subject to the two-year home residency requirement, you have two options. Before you apply for an H-1B, you can either fulfill the requirement or have it waived.

For more information please contact Elanor Perry, 909-537-5193.

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