Penn most commonly uses the H-1B temporary professional worker category for tenure-track faculty members and research associates, as well as certain staff positions such as data analysts and research specialists.
- The H-1B category is available to any person in a “specialty occupation,” that is, a position “which requires theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and attainment of a baccalaureate or higher degree or its equivalent in the specialty occupation as a minimum requirement.”
- The H-1B employee must meet the minimum qualifications for the position, including experience, degree, any license or certificate, and any special requirements, at the time of filing the H-1B petition.
The hiring departments and the foreign nationals are not authorized to file their own H-1B petitions.
The H-1B category has been organized into 3 sections: