An H-1B visa is granted to a non-immigrant individual in order for them to perform work in a specialty occupation.  As defined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), a specialty occupation requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge along with a bachelor's degree or its equivalent.  H-1B sponsorship by a United States employer is needed to obtain an H-1B petition.  The USCIS website provides detailed information on H-1B Specialty Occupation visas.  UW-Stout is a cap-exempt institution, and is not limited by the annual numerical limit "cap" on available visas.

H-1B Visa Status Processing Procedures - provides information about each step of the H-1B process including time frames for each step.
H-1B Applicant Checklist - provides a list of documents needed for the H-1B process.