Berkeley Lab

Quick Guide to Hiring Foreign Nationals at Berkeley Lab

Career Hires

Visa Type Duration Cost
Options H-1B* Specialty Occupation Six years max Berkeley Lab pays $2370 – subject to change as fees increase or additional expenses are required.
O-1 Extraordinary Ability Indefinite in three-year increments Berkeley Lab pays $1870 – subject to change as fees increase or additional expenses are required.

*Individuals subject to the two-year home residency requirement (from J-1/J-2) are not eligible for H-1B status until this has been satisfied or waived.

Research Positions

Visa Type Duration Cost
Options J-1 Research Scholar Five years max Scholar pays Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and visa application fee
J-1 Short-Term Scholar Six months max Scholar pays SEVIS and visa application Fee
TN (Canadian or Mexican) Indefinite in three-year increments Border Crossing entry fee ($56 for Canadian Nationals – $131 for Mexican Nationals)
H-1B* Six years max Berkeley Lab pays $2370 – subject to change as fees increase or additional expenses are required.

*Individuals subject to the two-year home residency requirement (from J-1/J-2) are not eligible for H-1B status until this has been satisfied or waived.

International Students Graduating from a U.S. University

Visa Type Duration Cost
Options F-1 Academic Student on OPT (Optional Practical Training) 12 mos. Employment in field of study. STEM to receive 24 additional months. Student pays OPT application fee.
J-1 Student Academic Training 18 mos. Employment in field of study. 18 additional months if postdoctoral. None