H-1B Visa Program
Who should get an H-1B visa?
Saint Louis University normally files petitions for this visa classification for physicians, professors and some postdoctoral research fellows.
The H-1B classification is designated for individuals coming temporarily to the United States to perform services in a specialty occupation, which is defined as an occupation which requires theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, and attainment of a bachelor's or higher degree for the specific specialization (or its equivalent in experience).
Who sponsors this kind of international scholar/employee?
Saint Louis University. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is involved with the H-1B visa application, and Saint Louis University bears a certain liability when filing H-1B petitions. Employers must make attestations about the wages for H-1B positions and they must guarantee the return fare home if an H-1B's employment is terminated before the end of the period of authorized stay. Willful violation of the regulations can result in the University being fined and prevented from filing H-1B petitions for one year.
How does an international scholar/employee secure an H-1B visa?
To request an H-1B packet for a new employee, or to extend a current employee's H status, please fill out the H-1B Packet (PDF) and return it to Cathy Donahue at the Office of International Services.