Note: Global HR is solely responsible for processing and filing nonimmigrant visa petitions; private attorneys are not authorized to perform this work on behalf of the Institute. The employing GT department must initiate all requests for a nonimmigrant petition using iStart.
Nonimmigrant Employment Categories
Global Human Resources at Georgia Tech oversees the processing of the following nonimmigrant visa categories filed on behalf of the Institute for qualified employees:
The H-1B visa status is a temporary, nonimmigrant, employer-specific category for professionals in specialty occupations at Georgia Tech. A "specialty occupation" means a position which requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge. Click here for more information H-1B visa status, including details on who qualifies and GT procedures.
TN is a temporary, non-immigrant status available in increments of up to three years to certain Canadian or Mexican citizens only. For additional information on TN status, click here.
O-1 visa status is a temporary, nonimmigrant category for professionals and people highly distinguished in their fields (top 10%) who will work in that field at Georgia Tech. O-1 status is not appropriate
for permanent positions. Decisions regarding GT support of an O-1 petition are made in Global HR after consulting with the Department,
Laboratory, or Center liaison. A number of factors are considered when deciding
whether GT will support an O-1 petition, including the position, the level and certainty of funding for the position, and most importantly, the
qualifications of the scholar. For additional information on O-1 status, click here.
The E-3 visa category is a temporary, nonimmigrant category available only to nationals of the Commonwealth of Australia entering the U.S. to perform services in a specialty occupation. Scholars in E-3 status must register with Global HR. For E-3 eligibility, application procedures and dependent information, click here.
Nonimmigrant Visitor Category
The B-1 visa classification may be used by a scholar
coming to the United States for a temporary stay (generally up to six months)
to participate in scientific, educational, professional, or business
conventions or conferences, or to undertake independent research. A B-1 visa
holder may have a non-salaried academic appointment at GT. B-1s who are appointed
to the academic staff or sponsored research staff must register at Global HR. The authorized administrator should
contact Global HR prior to beginning the process for advice on the
appropriateness of this classification for a given scholar and for instructions
on the GT letter of invitation and related procedures. For more information on B-1s and VWBs, click here.
For an overview of nonimmigrant visa categories, please refer to the chart Nonimmigrant Status Options at Georgia Tech.
A PowerPoint presentation on Processing Nonimmigrant Petitions at Georgia Tech is also available.
Note: The Office of International Education (OIE) administers the J-1 exchange visitor program for students and scholars, and the F-1 student program.