What happens after I file a petition on behalf of a current or prospective employee?
If you file by mail, we will mail you a receipt to inform you that we have received your petition. If your petition is incomplete, not signed, or filled with incorrect fees, we may have to reject it, or ask you for more evidence or information, which will delay processing.
Please send all required documents the first time to avoid delay.
We will notify you when we make a decision. Normally, when we approve the petition, we will send it to the U.S. Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC). Once the foreign national reaches the front of the line for a visa number, the NVC will notify you and the foreign national, inviting him or her and the qualifying dependents to apply for immigrant visas. You can get more information about immigrant visa processing from the State Department’s website at www.state.gov.
How long will it take USCIS to process my petition?
Processing times depend on a number of factors. You can check out current processing times on our website. Once you file a petition, we will post an updated estimate of the processing time on the USCIS website.
Where can I find more information about this process?
For information on all filing requirements and fees for a labor certification request with the Department of Labor, please visit that agency’s website at www.dol.gov.
For specific information regarding each category or qualifying occupation, please refer to our website at www.uscis.gov, or call Customer Service at 1-800-357-2099.