Standards of Performance
Important note for filings
The below processing times refer to the periold of time AFTER all required documentation and fees have been received in this office and do not reflect government processing times. In addition, these processing times are an average of all cases that this office handles in each category and may vary depending upon the complexity of the case, number of cases in the queue, level of the position, during the months when the volume of work increases due to facuty appointment, and departmental budget periods.
Conventional H-1B filings
Currently, USCIS H-1B adjudication processing time for a conventionally filed petition is 100 days. Therefore, University departments, expecting to hire an international worker in H-1B category, must factor in this time period when determining their workforce requirements. Additionally, the 100 day processing period commences after IHRS has received all petition supporting documents from the department and the petition has been properly filed with USCIS. Internal processing time is approximately four - six weeks.
USCIS provides expedited H-1B service and guarantees petition adjudication within two weeks. Again, this adjudication period reflects the period of time after IHRS has received all petition supporting documents from the department and the petition has been properly filed with USCIS. The government's premium processing fee is $1225 and is in addition to other filing fees.
Employees that are selected for employment with CWRU, but, that are currently employed as an H-1B with another employer, may port their H-1B status to CWRU under certain conditions. First, the prospective employee must remain employed with his/her current employer until IHRS has filed its petition, in behalf of the prospective employee, with USCIS. Secondly, IHRS must receive confirmation that its petition has been received at USCIS. Upon completion of these two events, the prospective employee's department, at CWRU, will be notified that employee is eligible for employment.
J-1, Exchange Visitor Program
Please note the J-1, Exchange Visitor Program is not affected by these requirements, as it is run through the Department of State and uses the SEVIS electronically accessable database. Internal processing times for DS-2019s is two - four weeks, depending on the number of cases in the queue.
O-1, E-3, and TN Visas
Processing time for new cases is approximately four - six weeks. Processing time for extensions is approximately two - four weeks.