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H-1B &
Permanent Residence


Obtaining/Extending Status

Processing Time

After ISSS receives all required application documents, the total time for processing and adjudication of the petition is usually 2 - 8 months, depending on the nature of the case, ISSS caseload, and USCIS processing times. Contact us directly for current processing times.

Departments should start the process as early as possible to safeguard the employee's immigration status and to avoid postponement of the employment start date, as processing times may change without notice.

If a department initiates an H-1B request with a start date earlier than minimum processing times allow, ISSS reserves the right to suggest a later start date or to refer departments to an outside attorney.

Part 1: Hiring Department and Employee

Submit documents to ISSS and complete online questionnaires – may take days or weeks, depending on department and employee. A checklist of required documents will be sent by email. (See Application Process )

Part 2: ISSS Processing

Estimated processing times:

  • March-August: 8-10 weeks
  • September-February: 4-6 weeks

ISSS Processing begins once all employee/department documents are received. Delays can occur if ISSS must request additional documentation from the department or employee. ISSS has no rush fee.

During this time, ISSS must determine if the wage offered meets prevailing wage and actual wage requirements. This process takes at least one week. A few cases (less than 2 percent) may take DOL 30-60 (or more) days to render a prevailing wage decision. If the offered wage does not meet the required minimum, communication and decision-making between ISSS and the department can delay the ISSS processing time.

Part 3: USCIS Adjudication

Standard USCIS processing time normally varies from 3 to 6 months. Please contact ISSS or refer to the USCIS website (Form I-129; most cases filed at the California Service Center) for current processing times.

USCIS adjudication can be delayed by Requests for Evidence (RFEs). With the Premium Processing fee, USCIS will adjudicate the petition in 15 days. Premium Processing can be requested with the initial H–1B petition or at any time thereafter. For certain cases the I-797 Approval Notice may not be immediately required, as employment can continue while USCIS adjudication is pending (see extensions and transfers for more information.)

Based on the above timelines and how long your department, ISSS and USCIS actually take to complete their work, your department may be notified at any time of the emergent need to add the Premium Processing fee.

Part 4 (Only for Applicants Outside the U.S.): Apply for a U.S. Visa

Applicants who are not in the U.S. must apply for an H-1B visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad before traveling to the U.S. Wait times vary by consulate; check the Department of State website for estimated wait times. Additional information about the visa application process (including information about security clearances and potential delays) is available on the travel page of our website.

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