H-1B Scholar

H-1B Specialty Worker

The H-1B visa classification is for full-time teaching, research  or staff appointments for the duration of a period of proposed employment for which secure funding is available.  

A department at Brown University must agree to sponsor an international scholar/ staff member before beginning the H-1B petition process.  Scholars who are interested in petitioning for an H-1B visa should first consult with their department regarding their sponsorship of an H-1B visa. 

Once your department agrees to sponsor your H-1B visa  and OISSS has deemed a position eligible for H-1B sponsorship, we will work directly with the hiring department to process the H-1B.    If you are a scholar who is interested in H-1B sponsorship, please consult with your hiring department about possible sponsorship.  Please keep in mind the H-1B petition process takes planning and time.  When OISSS receives all the required documents from the hiring department and the scholar it will take about 1 month to process the application forms.  It takes an additional 3-8+ months for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to approve a case from the date it receives an application.  USCIS offers Premium Processing for an additional fee, which can expedite the adjudication process.  Typically with Premium Processing USCIS will issue a decision within 15 calendar days from the day they received the H-1B application.

The H-1B petition process is relatively complex, costly, and lengthy.    An H-1B petition should be submitted to USCIS up to six months prior to the anticipated start date.