H-1B employees are considered "temporary workers in a specialty occupation." Specialty occupations are positions that require the theoretical and practical application of specialized knowledge and skills. Consequently, H-1B positions require possession of a bachelor's degree / bachelor's degree equivalent in a specific field of study.
H-1B status requires an employer to serve as sponsor. At Tufts, the International Center works with sponsoring departments, centers, and other offices to determine whether or not a position is eligible for H-1B sponsorship. If a position is eligible, the International Center will work with the hiring department to manage the sponsorship process for the selected employee. Employees may not seek sponsorship for H-1B status independently - all procedures must start with the sponsoring department.