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Non-Immigrant Work Visas (H-1B Status)

Issued: Aug. 23, 2011

Reissued: Aug. 17, 2017

HR Advisories are intended to assist with the clarification or interpretation of Personnel Rules & Regulations, provide guidelines on procedures, provide additional detail or information on a Rule, describe Best Practices or serve as a teaching resource.


All City departments and non-immigrant workers


The following words and terms, when used in this advisory shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

Alien – any person who is not a citizen or national of the U.S.

Immigrant – all aliens, but some aliens are defined as non-immigrants under the immigration laws. “Non-immigrant” includes an alien who is a resident of a foreign country, who has no intention of abandoning his or her country of residence, and who is visiting the U.S. temporarily for business or pleasure.


Individuals who reside outside the United States, but work here on a temporary basis are admitted to the Country solely to perform services in a specialty occupation under a non-immigrant work visa. A specialty occupation means an occupation that requires a theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge and attainment of a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The vast majority of non-immigrant workers have H-1B status, which is a general category. Employees from Chile and Singapore are classified as H-1B1 due to the free trade agreements the United States has with these countries. Employees from Australia are classified as E-3 and have different requirements due to treaties with that country. Requests for City of Fort Worth sponsorship have primarily been for non-immigrant workers with H-1B status.

The City of Fort Worth has chosen not to be an H-1B visa sponsor due to the associated direct and indirect costs.


For additional information please call the HR Staffing Services Manager at 817-392-7758 or Assistant HR Director at 817-392-2632.

This HR Advisory is a brief synopsis of policy and any questions or apparent conflicts between an Advisory and City policy should be directed to the Human Resources Director or an Assistant HR Director for clarification.



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