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Science, technology, engineering, and math industries are growing in the United States faster than the US workforce can handle. Silicon Valley is built on US companies bringing the brightest minds from all over the country and all over the world into innovative development environments to keep US companies on the cutting edge of technological advancement….

Whether you’re looking into hiring on a new employee under H-1B status, or taking on a current L-1 or TN employee as an H-1B employee for this next fiscal year, it’s time to get going. USCIS begins accepting petitions for this much sought after visa on April 1st. If the past several years are any…

Hundreds of thousands of highly skilled workers in STEM industries are sought out every year to come work in the United States. The reason being these industries are expanding so quickly and the jobs are becoming more and more complex, requiring technical expertise the United States educational system is notoriously weak at preparing students for….

With only 40,040 annual EB2 Visas available and more and more candidates vying for them, you need to make sure USCIS gets your EB2 Visa petition. Alongside increased demand for these Visas for highly skilled workers, we have been seeing more and more RFE’s issued every year. While an RFE is by no means a…

The new year is right around the corner, which means the deadline for Visa petitions for the 2017 fiscal year is closer than you think. While a plan has been proposed to increase the number of the much sought-after H1B Visa from 65,000 to 110,000 annual slots, no changes have been confirmed as of yet…

Every year, we see more and more education RFEs on H1-B visas. In the recent past, maybe 4% tops of all H1-B petitions were met with RFE’s. Now, around 25% of all of these petitions are met with RFEs. Issues with a candidate’s education are very common reasons USCIS will issue an RFE. Why are…

When evaluating a candidate for a job position that requires a specialized degree, employers will almost always consider a candidate with a degree in a related field qualified. Until about five or six years ago, USCIS would also accept a degree in a related field as sufficient qualification to approve an H1B visa. This is…

Evaluating education across educational system structures from one country to the next is complex enough when just dealing with degrees. Another layer of complexity is added when evaluating certifications across borders. Some certifications are actually the equivalence of a degree in that field in the United States while similar certifications from different countries are not….

Turns out, the entire job-stealing myth of the H1B visa holder is the opposite of true.  Since the beginning of the H1b visa program in 1990, the program has stimulated both job creation and significant wage increases for US-born employees as well as H1B workers alike.  In fact, it is estimated by the Bureau of…

Why did your client or employee get an education RFE?  The three-year bachelor’s degree is one of the most common reasons well qualified and even over-qualified candidates receive an RFE instead of an outright approval.  The USCIS reasons that a three-year degree does not equate to a US four-year bachelor’s degree on the grounds of…

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