The H-1B temporary worker immigration status is designated for individuals coming temporarily to the United States to work in a specialty occupation, which is one that requires “theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, and attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree, or its equivalent, as a minimum requirement.”
International Student and Scholar Services within the Center for Global Engagement files all official government paperwork related to H-1B petitions for UT Knoxville employees.
- H-1B visa holders are normally eligible for a total maximum stay of six years.
- The six-year limit includes time spent on the H-1B visa with another employer.
- Each H-1B petition may cover a period up to three years.
- Any number of petitions may be submitted to extend the employee’s status until the six-year limit has been reached.
- After the individual has spent at least one year outside the United States, it may be possible to begin another six-year period with an H-1B visa.
- In some cases, extensions beyond six years are permitted, if an application for permanent residence has been initiated. Contact ISSS to discuss this possibility.