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Every year, USCIS approves 65,000 cap-subject H-1B visas and an additional 20,000 H-1B visas for candidates with advanced degrees. Every year for the past ten years, the number of applicants for these visas has exceeded the cap. When this happens, CIS initiates a lottery that utilizes a computer-generated randomized selection process to determine which petitions…

PERM requirements for EB2 visas are very specific, and because EB2 petitions take years less time to process than EB3 visas, candidates are tempted to try to make their credentials fit into EB2 status even if they do not fit, or they are not sure whether or not they fit. Do not do this. This…

Jobs in STEM industries in the United States are growing faster than the US-born workforce can address alone. For this reason, employers in these industries are hiring more and more highly skilled workers from abroad who fit the EB2 Visa classification because they hold advanced degrees beyond of US bachelor’s degree or it’s equivalent. Only…

Every year, we see more and more education RFEs for EB2 visas. This is because the difference between whether a candidate qualifies for an EB2 or an EB3 visa is based on their level of education, and EB3 candidates can find themselves in limbo, waiting up to a decade for their petition to be reviewed….

H1B filing season is over. That means now it is RFE season. Over one in four H1B petitions receive and RFE, which is a drastic increase from just less than ten years ago, but not a new trend for the past few years. The number of H1B petitions filed has skyrocketed while the number of…

Before you, your client, or your employee file for EB2 visa status, make sure that the education meets the requirements for this particular visa. Filing for EB2 instead of EB3 is preferential to beneficiaries because the turnaround waiting time for EB3 can take as long as a decade. However, if your education – or your…

H1B season is over. Guess what’s next. RFE season. If USCIS continues the pattern of the past few years, we will soon be inundated with RFEs. In recent years, over one in every four H1B petitions are met with an RFE. In the common case that you, your employee, or your client receives an RFE,…

Current US educational trends clearly show that the amount of time it takes to complete a degree is not an accurate reflection of its actual academic content. More and more US college students are taking over four years to complete their four-year bachelor’s degrees, opting to take time off or take fewer classes at a…

H1B educational requirements are laden with sneaky traps that can tank your client’s case in a hurry. To avoid these traps, it is essential to be aware of the unique educational requirements of each visa, as well as the educational equivalency requirements, which also vary from visa to visa, and change with USCIS trends. Attorneys…

In some countries, certain certificates and licenses require post-secondary educational steps or their equivalents and other countries do not. Some professional licenses and certifications are called the same thing in two completely different countries, but the education it takes to earn these verbally identical degrees are completely different. This is one of the many complexities…

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