ISSS kindly asks that immigration processing requests are made with plenty of time to spare, as government processing times are unchangeable and unpredictable. Please utilize the resources provided in the Immigration section of our site to see what documents are necessary for various processes.

  • To minimize processing times, please send complete applications with all required documents attached.

  • ISSS internal processing times will vary depending on application volume.

  • If the application is not submitted to ISSS in a timely fashion, ISSS cannot guarantee that the application will be processed and/or filed in a timely manner or at the requested time.

If you are looking for USCIS Processing Times, please visit the USCIS Website.

  • General Documents
  • Document Type Submission Deadline Processing Times

    Social Security Number Application Support Letter

    none Processed at ISSS front desk, while you wait
    PA Driver's License Application Support Letter none 3-5 business days
    Invitation Letter none 3-5 business days
    Student Status Verification Letter none 3-5 business days
     
  • F-1 Student Status
  • Document Type Submission Time Processing Time
    Initial Admission I-20 none

    3 weeks

    Dependent I-20 none 5 business days
    Extension/Revision I-20 At least 30 days prior to current I-20 end date 3-5 business days
    OPT I-20 none 3-5 business days (not including government processing time
    CPT I-20 none 3-5 business days
    Return from Departure/Withdrawal I-20 2 months before your return 3 weeks
    ELP I-20 none 5 business days
  • J-1 Student
  • Document Type Submission Deadline Processing Time
    Initial Admission DS-2019 none 3 weeks
    Dependent DS-2019 none 5 business days
    Extension/Revision DS-2019 At least 30 days prior to DS-2019 end date 3-5 business days
    Academic Training Before completing studies or the DS-2019 end date, whichever is earlier 3-5 business days
  • J-1 Scholar
  • Document Type Submission Deadline Processing Time
    DS-2019 3-4 months in advance (submitted by Hosting Department) 3 weeks
    J-1 Scholar Transfer 4-6 weeks in advance (processed on specific date that scholar is "released" from prior institution) 3 weeks
    Extension/Revision DS-2019 45 days prior to DS-2019 end date (submitted by Hosting Department) 3 weeks
  • Permanent Residency
  • The hiring department should consult ISSS prior to making a decision to sponsor their employees for permanent residency.

    Below are the processing times from the different sources regarding Permanent Residency Applications:

    ISSS Processing Time for PERM Special Recruitment Cases for Teaching Faculty 4-5 months
    Department of Labor Processing Time for PERM Applications 4-10 months - may take longer, especially if selected for an audit (not uncommon at present)
    USCIS I-140 Processing Time for All PR cases 6-18 months
    The employee is responsible for filing I-485 or consular processing See USCIS Processing Dates
  • H-1B Scholar
  • Document¬†Type Submission Deadline Processing Time
    Any H-1B 6-7 months in advance, but AT LEAST 90 days, before status expiration date/start of employment (submitted by Hiring Department)

    6-12 weeks (including Department of Labor prevailing wage adn LCA processing before filing petition with USCIS)

    *Please Note: Premium Processing Fee expedites only H-1B processing at USCIS. Please allow additional time for the notice to arrive.

All Other Applications

Consult with ISSS as they vary.