H-1B Workflow

Total Estimated ISSS Processing Time: 
2.5 to 8 months (subject to change)

Regarding processing times: if the Department of Labor can approve the wages through the OES instead of having to request a prevailing wage, the time frame is the shorter of the two listed above.

Step 1

Information and Evidence Gathering

Department notifies ISSS of potential H1B hire; ISSS emails both department and beneficiary listing of all documents required.

  • Department and beneficiary complete forms, gather and prepare supporting documents, letters, etc. NOTE: department is responsible for securing all required signatures
  • Department and beneficiary submits document packets to ISSS

Estimated Time: Please submit within 30 days of request from ISSS.

Step 2

ISSS Review, NPWHC and U.S. Department of Labor Approval Process

  • ISSS reviews request packet; communicates with department and/or beneficiary about any questions
  • ISSS obtains Prevailing Wage Determination from the National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center (NPWHC) or Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Program
  • ISSS completes and files Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Copy of Labor Certification position notification is sent to department and Human Resources. Document must be posted for 10 business days; after which, posting is signed, dated and returned to ISSS Office
  • ISSS requests application checks from Accounts Payable
  • ISSS prepares Public Access File and Department of Labor file
  • ISSS prepares final H-1B petition; submits to USCIS by overnight mailing

Estimated Time: 2.5 to 5 months

Step 3

Upon receipt at USCIS

  • USCIS reviews and adjudicates petition in approximately 4–5 months (regular processing)
  • If the Florida Tech department or beneficiary elects to pay an additional fee to USCIS for Premium Processing, USCIS will review and adjudicate the application or send a Request for Further Evidence/Information (RFE) within 15 business days

Estimated Time: 15 business days to 5 months

Step 4

Consular Processing Required if Beneficiary is Outside U.S.

  • Upon approval, ISSS sends required documentation to beneficiary abroad
  • Beneficiary schedules visa appointment with U.S. Embassy/Consulate (n/a to Canadian citizens)
  • U.S. Embassy/Consulate reviews application, conducts security background check, issues visa stamp

Estimated Time: 2 weeks to 3 months (varies with specific Consular posts and length of time required to clear security; please check with your particular Consulate)

Step 5

Beneficiary arrives at Florida Tech

  • Beneficiary arrives and makes an appointment to check in with ISSS Office
  • Beneficiary completes Form I-9 within first 3 days of employment
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