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H-1B Processing Time

ISO Processing Time

We make every effort to process and mail the documentation for an H-1B petition within four (4) months of receipt of all materials. Included in this timeline are the following steps, plus time for in-house operations, processing and database management.

Determination of Prevailing Wage: 1–5 days

This is determined using the Foreign Labor Certification Data Center Online Wage Library.

Labor Condition Application from US Department of Labor: 7–10 days

Before an H-1B non-immigrant petition can be filed with United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), a certified Labor Condition Application (LCA) must be received from the United States Department of Labor.

The certified LCA must be submitted to USCIS along with the H-1B petition, supporting documentation and the correct fees. The ISO Scholar Services staff will work with the hiring department to complete the process required for an LCA.

H-1B Petition Processing at the USCIS:

Premium processing takes 15 calendar days and costs an additional $2,500, which must be paid by the University of Rochester hiring department.

In general, regular processing of H-1B petitions is taking 7-8 months. However, USCIS processing times continually change as posted at 

Acquisition of visa stamp from a U.S. Consulate for employees who are outside the U.S.:

If the scholar or employee is outside the U.S.. or is considering travel, please allow time for consulate processing to obtain the visa stamp in the person’s passport. Most U.S.. Embassies and Consulates are working under capacity due to COVID. U.S.. visa appointments are backlogged four to six months across the world.