In order for a US company to employ a graduate level worker from a foreign country and for US immigration to allow them to apply for an H1B Visa, one of the criteria is that the occupation fall under the category of a specialty occupation. What exactly is a specialty occupation? Read further to learn more.
A specialty occupation is a job in a highly-specialized field in which theoretical and practical application is required and a Bachelor’s degree or higher (or its equivalent) is needed to enter the occupation.
The qualifications for positions in a specialty occupation include:
- The degree requirement for the job is common to the industry or the job is so complex or unique that it can be performed only by an individual with a degree.
- The employer normally requires a degree or its equivalent for the position.
- The nature of the specific duties is so specialized and complex that the knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree.
Specialty occupations are very common among the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) because they usually require at least a Bachelor’s Degree and often higher levels of education. Below you'll find a list of occupations that fall under these categories:
- Accountants and Auditors
- Budget and Management Analysts
- Civil Engineers
- College and University Educators
- Database Administrators
- Data Communication and Network Administrators
- Electrical and Electronic Engineers
- Financial Analysts
- Graphic Designers and Artists
- Industrial Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Physicians and Surgeons
- Sales and Distribution Managers
- Software Engineers
- Systems Analysts and Programmers
- Teachers, Primary and Secondary Schools
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