University of California, Riverside

International Students and Scholars Office

Processing Time

ISC requires a minimum of 60 days to prepare the H-1B petition. ISC recommends starting the application process at least 6 months before the intended appointment date. 

Before an H-1B petition can be submitted to USCIS, ISC must receive all documents from various places:

  • Scholar - Provides his/her documents. (Time varies)
  • Sponsoring Department - Provides support letter, export control form. (Time varies)
  • DOL - Certifies the LCA. Takes 7 to 10 business days
  • Accounting Department - Provides filing fees. Takes 7 to 10 business days
  • Office of Research – Approves the export control form. Takes 3 to 5 days.

ISC offers expedite services for H-1 Petitions:

When and only when all required documents are received from the scholar and department, ISC can process an H1B petition within fourteen (14) days and file the petition with USCIS.  Please review the application process and document checklist to assist in the expediting process.

Once submitted to USCIS:

  • Standard processing - Between 4 to 5 months.
  • Premium processing - Between 12-15 business days.

USCIS Premium Processing:

Premium Processing Service provides faster processing of certain employment-based petitions and applications. Specifically, USCIS provides 15 calendar days processing to those who choose to use this service or USCIS will refund the Premium Processing fee and the relating case will continue to receive faster processing.    

The filing fee is $1,225 in addition to all other applicable filing fees. The premium processing service fee must be paid with a separate check or money order from all other application fees.

When Premium Processing Is Appropriate

With any new H-1B ISC recommends paying the premium processing fee whenever a new or existing scholar would be unable to obtain timely work authorization and would experience a substantial delay in appointment start date.

International Travel

While a visa petition is pending approval, the scholar cannot travel internationally.  The scholar will be restricted from leaving and re-entering the U.S. until after the approval is final.  If foreign travel is required during the visa application period, it may be beneficial to pay for premium processing to minimize the travel restriction time.

When Premium Processing Is Not Needed

The costs are unwarranted in a situation where scholar already has an H-1B visa from another employer.  Scholars holding an approved H-1B visa can start working for UCR once the H-1B transfer is filed with USCIS.  Similarly, there are is benefit when extensions or amendments are filed for existing H-1B holders.

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Office Hours

Regular office hours: Monday through Thursday: 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open advising hours:
Monday - Friday
10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00 - 4:00pm

*Appointments are also available.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

International Students and Scholars Office
0321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-4113
Fax: (951) 827-3248