Services for International Employees & Scholars

H-1B Temporary Worker

H-1B is an immigration status designed for individuals coming to the United States to work in a specialty occupation.  A specialty occupation is defined as one that requires, “theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, and attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree, or its equivalent, is a minimum requirement.”  The H-1B is temporary, an H-1B petition may be approved for an initial maximum three-year period, and extension of an additional three years, for a total of aggregate period of stay of six years.


According to federal law, each H-1B is specific to the following items:

  • Duties
  • Salary
  • Worksite Location
  • Employer

If any of these items are changing, check with International Programs, a new H-1B petition may need to be filed.  An H-1B employee may only be employed by the University of Kansas for the position, duties, and worksite location that was submitted on the H-1B petition. No other employment, on or off campus, is permitted without separate approval by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). KU is responsible for filing an H-1B petition with USCIS requesting permission to hire a foreign employee for a particular position. An employee cannot obtain H-1B status on his or her own.

International Calendar

One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester year, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents.
Start working on your degree now! You can take university classes for credit at the same time you are taking English classes.
Earn university credits now! You can use 9 AEC credits as elective credits toward your KU degree in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, and Architecture.
Fulfill a university requirement! Completion of your English proficiency requirements means you have finished your foreign language requirement at the University of Kansas.
We have computers just for you! The AEC has its own computer lab that AEC students can use for free.
We have tutoring just for you! The AEC has an Academic Resource Center where AEC students can get free tutoring from AEC teachers.
We have Conversation Groups just for you! You can practice your English language conversation skills at our AEC Conversation Groups.
Need help? Have a question? The AEC has a team of cross-cultural advisors ready to answer your questions and help you with any problem you are facing.
We are experts at what we do! AEC faculty and administrators have a total of 701 years in International Education.