ISSS Deadlines & Processing Times

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.

Document Type Submission Deadline Processing Times

Social Security Number Application Support Letter

none Available next business day
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
 

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

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

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

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

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.