The EB-1 is the most prestigious employment-based green card available. Its main advantage lies in the fact that the wait time is usually much shorter than that of other green cards. This first preference level is broken down into three subcategories:
A. EB-1A: for foreign nationals who can demonstrate that they have extraordinary ability.
B. EB-1B: for outstanding researchers and professors
C. EB-1C: for multinational executives and managers
Keep in mind that the processing time for all three of these subcategories is ostensibly the same. However, based on your level of eligibility for the green card that you are pursuing, the approval process may take more or less time. Your immigration attorney can better assess your particular situation. For H1B Visa Process Visit Here
As with most employment-based immigration cases, the processing time to obtain an EB-1 green card typically depends on the applicant’s ability to complete the required documentation accurately. Unfortunately, a lot of documentation can be filled out incorrectly or submitted to the wrong location.
This will extend EB-1 processing time and could risk filing past due dates. The processing time also greatly depends on how quickly the government (USCIS) is able to process the applicant’s material. The following is an outline of EB-1 processing times. To receive the most accurate information it’s advised to contact one of our EB-1 green card lawyers or an immigration professional.
Applicants for the EB-1 category shall file an I-140 Immigrant Petition and supporting evidence with the appropriate service center. Processing times vary between the different service centers where the immigration petition and supporting documents may be filed.
Filing times vary based on whether the applicant shall be filing hard copies or whether the application shall be e-filed and ultimately whether the applicant will be requesting premium processing.
E-filing the application and supporting documents will allow USCIS to automatically reroute the documents to the appropriate service center based on the applicant’s intended state of employment.
On average, the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) and the Texas Service Center (TSC) have similar processing times; however, the NSC is known for delayed processing times.
Unfortunately, applicants cannot choose service centers as USCIS has predetermined filing locations dependent on the applicant’s intended state of employment and the jurisdiction of the service centers. Information pertaining to the appropriate processing facility can be found at the USCIS website.
The USCIS reports the most current EB-1 processing times. Generally, the government processing time for the EB-1 Visa is about 8 months. Once the EB-1 has been approved, the government takes about 6 months to issue permanent residence.
These times are only available if the EB-1 category is current. Applicants can check category status at the DOS Visa Bulletin. If the EB-1 category is not current, there will be an extended amount of time to receive visa numbers. Again, these times are just estimates.
If the applicant incurs any delays with applications or misfiling, this process will be prolonged. Case status checks are available for applicants online. The online application provides applicants a better determinant for case-specific processing.