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Last year, we saw an unprecedented number of RFEs targeting computer programmers making level 1 wages. These RFEs questioned whether this job met H1B specialization requirements, which states a specialty occupation requires a minimum of a US bachelors degree or higher or its equivalent for entry into the position. Here’s why: CIS assumes that because…

A common RFE we see every year is the Specialty Occupation RFE. Last year, we saw an unprecedented number of RFEs that brought up this issue pertaining to computer programmers making level 1 wages, but this issue can affect any H1B job. To qualify for H1B status, a job must require a minimum of a…

One of the central H1B qualifying components is that the H1B employee must be paid the prevailing wage for the job, in companies of that size, in that industry, in that geographical location. CIS uses the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook to determine what wage levels are appropriate for each job, and if…

Green card beneficiaries seeking EB2 status need to either hold a US master’s degree or a US bachelor’s degree followed by five years of progressive work experience, or the equivalency of one of these requirements. What if you, or your employee or client holds a degree with a major in a field related to the…

Imagine an RFE that calls into question the beneficiary’s credentials, wage level, and occupational specialization that is virtually impossible to answer by its own guidelines. We saw them last year, and we have the experts with the highest rate of success to help overturn them. Coming up on RFE season, it’s important to keep in…

H-1B filing season is over, but that doesn’t mean the work is done. Last year, CIS rolled out an unprecedented number of RFEs challenging occupational specialization. Last year, computer programmers at level 1 wages were targeted for RFEs claiming that the job entry level computer programmer didn’t meet the H-1B specialization requirement that a candidate…

Filing season for the H-1B cap has come and passed. That means this season’s first round of RFEs is on its way. Last year, we saw a spike in Specialty Occupation RFEs that questioned whether a job qualified for H-1B eligibility. For a job to meet H-1B specialization requirements, it must fit the definition of…

Education RFEs for the EB2 classification are common because it weighs so heavily into what defines the requirements for this visa. To meet EB2 requirements and CIS approval trends, a beneficiary must hold a US masters degree or higher or its foreign equivalent, OR a US bachelors degree or its equivalent FOLLOWED BY at least…

A common EB2 RFE that arrives in the mail instead of an approval is triggered when the beneficiary’s education is not an exact match for the job title on the PERM. Employers will hire workers who meet the degree requirement in a related field because there is enough overlap in specialized skills and knowledge to…

Filing season has come and passed, and now it’s time to play the waiting game. Over the past few years, we saw a climb in RFE prevalence leading up to last years spike. That means, if you, or your employee or client filed on time and made the H-1B lottery, there’s a high chance your…

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