The H 1B nonimmigrant status permits temporary employment in "specialty occupations" defined as those requiring "theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge."  A prospective H-1B employee must have professional skills and a university degree (at minimum, a Bachelor's degree) in the same or a related field as the job offered.  See the table below for more information on eligibilty requirements, maintaining H-1B status, and travel.

H-1B Petitions at UC Berkeley

All requests for H-1B status at UC Berkeley must be initiated through the academic department by contacting an Employment-Based Adviser at (510) 642-2818 or at  The decision to proceed depends on the interests of the University which are in general, mostly directed to academic, rather than non-academic positions.  See our UCB department's web pages for more information on H-1B petitions at UC Berkeley.