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Common H-1B Issues to Anticipate this Adjudication Season

May 9, 2019

In the next few months, H-1B petitioners and beneficiaries will find out if their petitions have been selected in the lottery, and accepted for approval. We predict this year will follow the trend of the previous few years with an increase in H-1B issues that block beneficiaries from outright approval. What is unclear is whether […]

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H-1B Adjudication Season: What to Expect, How to Prepare

May 2, 2019

With H-1B filing season over and the lottery completed on April 11th, 2019, it is now time to wait – and to prepare. USCIS notifies those who have been selected in the H-1B lottery first, and premium processing cases are expected to be alerted that they were selected by the first week of June, with […]

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Ready Plan B Before H-1B RFE Season Begins

Apr 30, 2019

On April 11th, USCIS completed the H-1B lottery.  This year, 201,011 H-1B cap subject petitions were filed from April 1st to April 5th.  That’s about 11,000 more petitions than last season.  This year, H-1B candidates with advanced degrees of a US Master’s degree or higher had a 16% greater chance of being selected for the […]

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What Makes an H-1B Job a Specialty Occupation?

Apr 25, 2019

Over the past few years, H-1B cap-subject petitions have received record-breaking rates of RFEs for Specialty Occupation.  Many of these RFEs struck occupations that had never been called into question before. USCIS visa approval trends change every year, and often the RFEs issued are virtually unanswerable by their own guidelines.  At TheDegreePeople.com we always advise […]

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Case Study: Specialty Occupation RFE Overturned with Some Expert Opinion Letters but not Others

Apr 15, 2019

The Specialty Occupation RFE has become the new nightmarefacing H-1B beneficiaries, their sponsors, and their lawyers.  They can be answered successfully with theinclusion of an expert opinion letter, but this does not always work. There are two reasons why: 1. The letter islacking in detail.  USCIS requires avery detailed letter with a breakdown of the daily duties […]

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International Student Enrollment Critical to the Survival of Community Colleges in the United States

Apr 9, 2019

We recently wrote a press release regarding the alarming drop in enrollment in community colleges across the country due to dropping high school graduation rates and the low unemployment rate. At the same time, community colleges that make it easy for international students to enroll are seeing stable – and even rising – enrollment rates. […]

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H-1B Specialty Occupation Survival Guide for the FY2020 Lottery

Mar 27, 2019

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What is Different about the FY2020 H-1B Lottery Beginning April 1st?

Mar 22, 2019

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Case Study: The Specialty Occupation EXPERT is NOT a PROFESSOR

Mar 10, 2019

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