Services for International Employees & Scholars

Length of Stay

Six Year Maximum

The H-1B visa is eligible for a total maximum stay of six years*.  The six-year limit includes time spent on the H-1B visa at other employers and time in L status.  The initial H-1B petition may cover a period up to three years. Extension petition may be made for period of three years or less, up to the six year total.

As the six-year limit is strictly enforced, it is important to plan accordantly.  It may be possible to begin another six-year period as an H-1B visa after the individual has spent at least one year outside the United States.

*Exceptions to the six-year rule: if an individual is at a certain stage in the application to permanent residency, she or her may be eligible for an extension beyond the six-year maximum.  International Programs will work with the individual to determine if they are eligible for the extension.

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.