Author archive: Rebecca Little

The H1B RFE of the year is the Level 1 Wages RFE. In this RFE, CIS targets computer programmers at Level 1 Wages arguing that because these professionals are paid Level 1 Wages, their position is entry level. They then reference the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) in the part that says sometimes…

This year, CIS has come up with a creative new way to come down on computer programmers petitioning for H1B visa status: Level 1 Wages. Here’s how they’re justifying this new RFE: The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is what CIS uses as a references to determine whether or not a job…

This year, CIS has rolled out a troublesome new RFE that targets computer programmers petitioning for H1B status.  In this RFE, CIS wrongfully assumes that just because a job is set at Level 1 Wage it is an entry level position.  CIS also wrongfully assumes that entry level computer programmers can be hired with just…

Employment issues are this year’s justification for the slew of RFEs CIS issued targeting computer programmers applying for H1B visa status. The problem arises when employers mark the occupation as Level 1 Wage on the Labor Conditions Application (LCA) they must file. CIS released a memo in late March indicating that computer programmers at Level…

Every year is different when it comes to the H1B visa.  This competitive visa status allows highly skilled foreign nationals to come to the United States for three years with the option to extend, and work jobs that require a US bachelor’s degree or higher.  STEM industries in the US depend on the H1B visa…

You’ve heard of the Nightmare RFE and the Double Employment Issue RFE. Get ready, because this is about to be terrifying: This RFE season is the harshest we’ve seen yet. Now, CIS is combining these RFEs. Candidates are now having to defend against requests for evidence regarding every facet of their education AND employment issues….

Welcome to the 2017 RFE season! It’s the worst year yet when it comes to difficult RFEs and lots of them. We’ve seen common RFEs regarding education, we’ve seen Nightmare RFEs, and now we’re seeing the Double Employment Issue RFE. While there are no guarantees with USCIS, our experts at TheDegreePeople.com have been able to…

It’s RFE season and CIS is coming down especially hard on “borderline” occupations this year. These are jobs that don’t necessarily require a US bachelor’s degree or its equivalent or higher according the the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). Some borderline jobs include management positions, certain computer and tech positions, certain healthcare…

It’s no secret that CIS approval trends, especially with regards to the much sought-after H1B visa, change from year to year. RFEs for petitions for FY-2018 have started arriving and this year, CIS is going after entry level wages for H1B jobs. Here’s the scoop: H1B visas are reserved for highly skilled foreign workers in…

There are many situations in which H1B candidates will file with education from an unaccredited institution. Plenty of academically competitive institutions of education that are held in high regard by the professional fields their students are trained in, that provide students with high quality education that are simply not government accredited.  Graduates of programs from…

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