Regulations require that the position is a “specialty occupation” and that the salary for the position meets certain wage requirements. Boise State University does not sponsor H-1B applications for hourly positions or for positions that are not full-time.
The position must require at least a bachelor’s degree in a specific field. In order to qualify as a “specialty occupation” the position must be 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”.
The salary for the position must be the higher of the “prevailing wage” or the “actual wage”.
The employee must also be eligible for H-1B sponsorship. For example, if the employee was previously on a J visa and has not fulfilled their 2-year home residency requirement then they are not eligible for H-1B status unless they have received a waiver of that requirement from USCIS. The employee must also hold the required specialty degree at the required level (or higher).
The eligibility of a position for H-1B sponsorship is determined by the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). All H-1B applications for Boise State University are processed through the CGE. Other visa categories, particularly F-1 OPT, should be utilized where possible.