H-1B specialty workers are employed in many positions at Northern Kentucky University as tenure/non-tenure track faculty and research assistants. In order to be considered for H-1B, the position must require at least a bachelor’s degree in a specific field of study. Jobs that don’t require a degree in a specific field (i.e. Liberal Arts or a wide range of fields), do not qualify for H-1B specialty worker status.
Therefore, the NKU position must satisfy one of the following criteria:
The individual being hired must be able to demonstrate his/her qualifications for the position offered through documentation of the following:
NKU must attest that, for the entire period of employment, the wage paid to the H-1B specialty worker will be the greater of:
Departments should take care to ensure that the prospective H-1B employee will be paid at least the average of what others in the department with similar duties, skills and qualifications make.
The Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) will be obtained by Dinsmore and Shohl once the H-1B request and all supporting documents established are submitted. The Prevailing Wage Determination is obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor. The determination of the wage is based upon a comparison between NKU’s requirements as to the degree, training, skills and work experience and the requirements considered by the U.S. Department of Labor to be normal for the occupation.
The number of employees to be supervised by the foreign national is also a factor in the wage determination. If the department requires additional years of experience above the required degree, the PWD may be significantly higher, depending upon what DOL considers normal for entry level for the occupation in question. DOL processing time varies greatly, from one week to two months.