- UTSA Policy
- Paying Nonresident Employees
H-1B Scholars: Faculty & Staff
The H–1B is a work authorization visa. It allows a non–immigrant to work as a professional in a "specialty occupation" for a specific U.S. employer, for a specific period of time, and in a specific location.
The first step in the H–1B process is the employer’s decision to sponsor a foreign national for H–1B.
You must ask:
- Does the employer’s position qualify as a specialty occupation?
- Does the foreign national have the necessary credentials to qualify for H–1B status?
A specialty occupation is one that requires a theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and the attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree in the field of specialization. Some professions may require advanced degrees, licenses, or certificates beyond the bachelor’s (such as teachers, accountants, lawyers, or post-doctoral fellows).
The UTSA Hiring Department must contact International Scholar Services to begin the process.