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This year, we all met the Level 1 Wages RFE that targeted H1B computer programmers working at Level 1 Wages.  We’re still answering these RFEs, and it’s almost time to file again. First, let’s look at the Level 1 Wages RFE: Until this year, CIS has left computer programmers at Level 1 Wages alone when…

It’s almost time to file H1B petitions for the next fiscal year and we’re still dealing with Level 1 Wages RFEs from last year. In fact, some candidates that successfully answered this difficult RFE are now facing a second round of classic RFEs we’ve seen in the past. Until this year, the Nightmare RFE that…

If you are, or if you have clients or employees involved in the H1B process, chances are you’ve heard of the RFE of the year: the Level 1 Wages RFE. This RFE posits that the job of computer programmer at Level 1 Wages is not specialized to meet CIS requirements for the H1B visa. To…

With immigration under attack by the White House and much of Congress, it’s more important than ever to have all of your ducks in a row before filing for permanent residency.  This can get murky when it comes to EB2 and EB3 visa classifications. While there are extensive wait times for approval for both categories,…

The Level 1 Wages RFE hit us all as a surprise this year, but the fact that CIS rolled out a new RFE with unprecedented scope is nothing new. Virtually every year, CIS gives us a new challenge to overcome, and every year, we learn how to answer it.  The Level 1 Wages RFE is…

This year, CIS hit computer programmers petitioning for H1B status with an unprecedented round of RFEs: the Level 1 Wages RFE. There are a couple of particulars about this RFE that make it especially threatening to the H1B program at large.  This RFE targets computer programmers at wage level 1, claiming that this means it’s…

It seems like every year CIS is coming out with a new difficult RFE to throw H1B beneficiaries and their employers and attorneys a curve ball. This year, we were all caught off guard by the Level 1 Wages RFE that targets computer programmers. As with all other years, this RFE is an opportunity to…

An important step in successfully answering any RFE is to find out who dropped the ball. Sometimes, the attorney filed the petition wrong. Sometimes, the candidate simply doesn’t have the credentials to meet H1B requirements. Sometimes, the candidate does have the qualifications but the credential evaluation to prove it was either not included or written…

In the past few years, the prevalence of RFEs for H1B visas has skyrocketed.  This year, the RFE that caught us all off guard was the Level 1 Wages RFE that targets computer programmers. But whose fault was that RFE?  Someone dropped the ball and figuring out who did it is essential to solving the…

In the past decade, the prevalence of RFEs for H1B visas has skyrocketed and CIS has become evermore particular about the same two eligibility requirements. To qualify for the H1B visa, a candidate’s job must require a US Bachelors degree or higher or its US equivalent, and the candidate must have those academic qualifications. As…

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