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If your client is petitioning for an H1B visa with a foreign degree – especially if it is a three-year bachelor’s degree – you already know you need to submit a credential evaluation for the petition to be successful. More and more education RFE’s are issued every year to clarify foreign degree equivalencies. However, RFE’s…

Talk of raising the H1-B annual cap from 65,000 visas to 110,000 will not come to fruition for the FY 2017 filing season. This means that the same number of annual H1-B visas will be available for a rapidly growing number of candidates. CIS is required to accept petitions for at least the first five…

The H1B visa requires qualified candidates to hold a bachelor’s degree or higher to work their H1B qualified specialty occupation. This means that your client needs to hold a US bachelor’s degree or its equivalent or higher to qualify for H1B visa status. Seems straightforward enough, right? Wrong. And getting more and more wrong as…

The date to file your client’s H1-B petition for the 2017 fiscal year is coming up fast. Last year’s trends and the trends of years previous are expected to continue, and that means even more petitions flooding in for the same number of annual visas. That also means more RFE’s that you might have to…

Education RFEs are on the rise because a Bachelor’s degree equivalence must be a single source, and qualified candidates with three-year degrees and degrees that do not actually have the word “degree” in them are running into trouble. Complex education requirements for EB2 Visa candidates have left many lawyers wondering if it’s even worth the…

It’s complicated, folks. To date, only the Indian and the UK Chartered Accountancy certification are recognized as degrees. Pakistani and Bangladeshi CA certifications have some government recognition, but the issue is not cut and dry. The rest, including the US CPA, are considered professional certifications, but not degrees. In India, the CA and the ICWAI…

I’m Sheila Danzig, international education expert and executive director at TheDegreePeople, a foreign credential evaluation agency. I also run a strong marketing division, and I want to share with you my expertise to help you build your immigration law practice so you can help more clients get approved for the Visas they deserve. I usually…

The number of H1B petitions has significantly increased each year causing USCIS to have to close its doors to new petitions after just the mandatory five days they legally have to accept them. Alongside this increase, we have seen more and more RFEs every year. This is CIS’s attempt to eradicate visa fraud as well…

As foreign credential evaluators who specialize in handling RFEs and denials, we are constantly evaluating USCIS policy and trends. Just like last year and the year before, this year we have seen more H1B RFEs than we ever have in the past. When CIS issues an RFE, much concern and angst arises.  A lot is…

Economists across the United States are almost entirely unified in agreement that granting citizenship to undocumented immigrants will significantly improve the US economy within five years.  However, the longer we wait, the smaller the positive impact this will have.  The sooner undocumented immigrants are granted citizenship, the more the benefits to the US economy are…

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