Global Engagement

H-1B Petitions

An H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant worker's visa for temporary employment requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in a specific specialty (or its equivalent) as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States.

To initiate an H-1B petition, the hiring department must complete Form IS-400, Request for H-1B Petition, and submit the completed form along with the supporting documents listed on the form to International Services. We suggest that hiring units contact us as soon as the hiring decision is made. The processing time required for approval of an H-1B visa can vary considerably from one petition to another but is usually a minimum of 3 months for normal processing and 1 month for premium processing.

The information provided in the H1-B PowerPoint gives guidance and general information to college administrators, faculty, and staff who are involved in the hiring process. For more information or assistance, please contact IS at (864) 656-3614 or email to make an appointment.