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Uncertain Processing Times for H-1B Petitions

The processing times for H-1B petitions varies throughout the year depending on how busy the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is. Recently normal processing times have taken as long as 10 months. In many cases these long wait times have forced us to use Premium Processing,  cutting the total processing time (including Department of Labor) down to 3-4 months. Unfortunately this service can no longer be relied upon. Over the past few years (particularly in the busy USCIS spring season) Premium Processing has been temporarily suspended leaving Yale employees not knowing when they will get their H-1B petitions approved.  Therefore it is critical to submit materials for any H-1B request (initial or extension) as soon as possible. While the Department of Labor will not allow H-1B processing to begin earlier than six months prior to the start date, we recommend submitting all materials to OISS at least seven months in advance (so that we have time to prepare the application before mailing to USCIS.)