There are limitations on H-1B sponsorship. The decision about H-1B sponsorship is based on several factors:

  • Business needs of the department
  • H-1B regulations about qualifying positions
  • Prospective employee’s previous visa history
  • Prospective employee’s educational credentials

Departments considering requesting an H-1B for an employee should contact the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) before making a commitment of H-1B sponsorship.

Postdoc Titles

Washington University will not sponsor an H-1B for the Postdoctoral Research Scholar (non-employee, stipend recipient) title. Only individuals appointed as Postdoctoral Research Associates (employee title) qualify for H-1B status.

Clinical Positions

To qualify for H-1B sponsorship by Washington University, the position must be an employee position. Positions, where a stipend is paid, such as Clinical Fellow or Research Fellow, are not suitable for an H-1B classification.