How Long Does the H1 B Filing Process Take for Companies When Hiring Foreign Employees?

The processing time for Form I-129, the Petition for a Non-Immigrant Worker, varies depending on a number of factors, including the office handling the petition. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides current processing time estimates for individual field offices and services centers at

Individuals and employers can also track the status of a petition for H-1B status at the USCIS website or call customer service at 800-357-2099, as of 2015.

The United States offers H-1B visas to foreign national individuals with highly specialized knowledge or skills, workers providing services to the Department of Defense, and fashion models. With the exception of fashion models, applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent to be eligible.