UCSF departments must consider ISSO processing time and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processing time when proposing an offer of employment in H-1B status.
ISSO Processing Time: ISSO's internal processing is directly affected by the processing time of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). ISSO encourages scholars and departments to submit all H-1B requests 5-6 months prior to the proposed start date. (see ISSO H-1B Work Flow)
USCIS Processing Time: USCIS currently requires 90 to 120 days to evaluate and adjudicate a pending H-1B application. The department may choose to request for premium process by paying an additional $1,225 fee to USCIS to expedite the application. Please contact ISSO H-1B advisors to determine whether premium processing is necessary.