H-1B Application Process & Timeline

For eligible positions at Brandeis University

If the scholar is eligible for the H-1B Visa or for an extension of the H-1B Visa, once all forms are complete the ISSO then works with the scholar and department to complete the H-1B application process. The H-1B application process is very complex. The H-1B application process can take as long as 6 months to prepare, file, and have the application approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). If the H-1B is being extended for the scholar, the following procedures must be repeated. See below for an outline:

Step 1: Prepare Required Forms and Documents

Step 2: Prevailing Wage Determination

The H-1B application cannot be completely assembled until all documents are submitted to the ISSO; but we can begin Step 2 with a copy of the official job description (required from the hiring department). See above for all required documents.

Processing time is approximately 45-60 days.

Step 3: Labor Condition Application (LCA)

Processing time is approximately 7-30 days.

See currently posted Labor Condition Applications

Step 4: Filing I-129 Application with USCIS

Due to significant processing delays by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Brandeis currently files all H-1B petitions with premium processing, with a fee of $2,500 per petition. Please contact scholars@brandeis.edu with any questions.

USCIS guarantees 15 calendar day processing to those who use the premium processing service. 

Note that all applications processing with USCIS are subject to security clearance procedures that can further delay processing.