P1 Visa Processing Time

By Tiara

As mentioned before, every time you apply for a visa or enter into employment in the United States, your application must be approved by the U.S. Department of State. This process typically takes around two to eight weeks, depending on many different factors such as the type of business trip and job that you have.

The most important fact about processing times is that they can vary very much! Each consulate has its own unique waiting period due to differences in staffing, workloads, and general bureaucracy.

Consulates are usually not allowed to tell applicants how long it will take to receive their visas, but there is something called “Public Notice” which gives an estimated timeframe. According to this information, one should expect to wait between six and twelve months for a decision.

That sounds like a lot, but remember – some people start work immediately after receiving their visa, while others have longer delays. The length of your delay also depends on whether you are living with your family back home or traveling alone. If you live with someone, they need to remain behind during the process too!

There is no way of knowing exactly when your visa will be processed so we recommend being prepared for up to a year! Even though this seems like a long time, it does give you enough time to make arrangements if needed (renting an apartment, finding new jobs).

How long does it take to process a P1 visa?

p1 visa processing time

This is one of the trickiest parts about getting a P-1 visa for employment. Most employers are given an expiration date for their I-9 form, which is typically three months after you have submitted it. But how long it actually takes to get approved and mailed back can be tricky.

It’s important to remember that even though your employer has to submit this form within a set deadline, they don’t need to receive approval from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the Department of Labor within that time frame.

Instead, what most employers are really waiting for is confirmation whether or not you will qualify as an employee under the Foreign Employment Certification Regulations. If you do, then the next step is to gather all of your pay documents and other proof of employment.

This way, you don’t have to worry about having to start looking for work immediately, because there’s a chance you won’t find anything until later in the process.

You need to submit your application

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It is very important that you do not wait for your visa to be processed before submitting your applications!
As mentioned earlier, it can take up to twelve months to process all of the required documents and interviews.

So, how long does it actually take? This depends on many different factors such as season, time of year, day of week, and whether there are more or less visas being issued at any given moment.

But what we can say with certainty is that it takes longer in places where the visa office is understaffed, or the staff are overworked.

It also takes longer if the officer you speak to is busy and cannot give you much help, or if they have too many requests and questions for you.

We recommend talking to several officers to see what times they said their last appointment ended so that you know an approximate timeframe.

Your application will be reviewed

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After submitting your visa application, you must wait for it to go through pre-vetting before it can be processed. This is what gives us our P1 processing time!

The embassy has some standard procedures they use to review your documents and applications. They will do this independently of each other so one document may take longer than another.

This is because there are sometimes questions about certain things in the documents or people need to verify something that person wrote in their affidavit.

Overall, the embassy gets all of these documents from you and we at Fisa Check Lists know how important these documents can be. That’s why we make sure everything is properly authenticated and legal documentation is able to be viewed easily.

We also double check information given by candidates so that you don’t have to worry about false statements being found later.

Your application will be approved or denied

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Even though your visa petition is already filed, you will not know if it has been accepted or rejected until we receive it. This is because of what’s called the “visa processing time.”

The USCIS can take several weeks to review and process your documents before they send you an official notification whether your case was accepted or rejected.

So even after you submitted all required forms and materials, you may find out that your paperwork wasn’t enough proof for your loved one to remain in the country!

This could potentially damage relationships and make it hard to re-establish ties with family members back home.

It also makes traveling together impossible as you both must wait around for word from each other and the government about your respective residency statuses.

We recommend being prepared for the worst since this happens frequently and it’s important to know how long it takes to get approval so you don’t waste any time waiting for news.

What if I need to reapply?

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If you have run into an issue with your visa, or need to re-apply for a visa, you should know that it is not uncommon to be waiting weeks, even months before you can start the process over again.

Becoming too stressed out will only make things take longer. So try to remain calm and focused, and don’t worry about what has happened earlier.

Start looking at ways to pass time away from work, hobbies, or other activities so that you do not focus on the job in front of you. It may also help to connect with friends or family outside of work to keep stress levels down.

It is very important to remember that while some people are able to begin the application process right after submitting their documents, this isn’t possible for everyone. There is no way to predict how long it will take to receive your visa and there is nothing we can do to change this.

We hope though that by being prepared and aware of potential issues, you will feel more relaxed which will help you cope with any delays better.

Fees and what they mean

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There are two main types of fees that employers must include in their visa costs when processing VISA applications for employment. These are known as application or submission fees and expedite fee payments.

Application fees refer to the cost associated with having an employee complete and submit their visa application through our international recruitment agency. This is typically done via an online platform where employees can create a profile, upload documents and apply via internet-based software.

Some countries have additional documentation requirements that can be time consuming to meet so it’s best to know which ones are before applying. Finding out this information usually isn’t too difficult once you’ve been given your D visa but may take some research.

Many agencies also charge submitting fees due to the amount of resources it takes to process large amounts of data. It's important to find one that doesn't do this as it was probably necessary for doing business in another country!

The other common type of visa employer fees we see are expedite fee payments. These are paid directly towards someone else completing and filing your visa paperwork on your behalf. For example, if you needed to travel for work then your company could pay a third party to help process your visa and ensure it gets approved within a certain timeframe.

It's very rare to get these sorts of fees unless you're traveling for more than just a few days.

Tips for processing your P1 visa

The next step in completing this process is to find a place to apply. You will need to pick a location that has an appointment system, or at least someone who can tell you when the next available time slot is.

Some locations offer free consultations before booking an appointment, which is helpful as you want to make sure there are no major roadblocks during your stay.

Many times, people looking into employment will visit a nearby consulate directly after receiving their job offer. By doing this early, you prevent having to spend money traveling back and forth and creating extra work for yourself.

And while some countries have more streamlined processes than others, what country you’re applying to does play a big factor in how long it takes to get your documents processed.

Letters of Invitation

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It’s very important to have proof that you will be attending the conference when you apply for your visa. This can be an invite letter, or a confirmation email stating that you have been invited.

It is also helpful to include photos of yourself at the event, as well as any additional information about who you are going to meet there.

Conference organizers typically send out invitations several months in advance so it’s not too hard to get this information before you apply.

If you don’t receive these things until later then that isn’t a problem unless your application was due within the last month!

You should still plan ahead though, because even if you haven’t received anything yet you shouldn’t start applying for your visa till at least two weeks before the deadline.