H1B Temporary Employees
- Drexel University will not file H-1B visa petitions for part-time positions, including adjuncts.
- Must be an employee of Drexel University (the H-1B is employer-specific.)
- Must be paid "prevailing wage," per a Department of Labor determination
- Bachelor’s Degree required and education must relate to position
- H-1B status is initially granted for a maximum period of three years and can be extended to a total of six years
- Application fee and one time fraud fee must be paid for by hiring department but premium processing fee can be paid by department or employee
- If the person selected for the position currently holds a J-1 or J-2 visa or was previously in J-1 or J-2 visa status and is subject to section 212(e) (2-year home residency requirement), this person cannot begin employment on an H-1B visa until he/she has received a waiver of section 212(e) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
- All foreign credentials (i.e., diplomas, academic transcripts) must be evaluated by a “Foreign Credentials Evaluator.” If deemed necessary, ISSS will send credentials to evaluator. Cost on average: $85 standard 10 day evaluation, $140 next day evaluation.
- ISSS must petition USCIS for approval
- Requires 1 month processing time before submission to USCIS
H-1B petitions are not always approved and hiring departments must be prepared for this. The department may be required to prove that the industry standard requirement for the position is a Bachelor's degree, and, if other people in the same department have the same or similar position, must be prepared to show that the people in those positions also have a Bachelor's degree.
If ISSS finds that a case may be difficult to prove, an outside immigration attorney will be consulted at the department’s expense.
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