Category archive: Credential Evaluation

If you are a non-US citizen working in the United States, you are likely to accused of job stealing at some point during your stay here. This goes double for H-1B workers, who are highly skilled non-US citizens working specialty occupations requiring advanced degrees. While many people in the United States on all sides of…

Today, around 25% of all H1B applications are met with RFE responses. Since immigration is a hot topic in the political sphere, statutes surrounding the details of what qualifies individuals to come to, live in, and especially to work in the United States are changing rapidly. This has led to confusion and misconceptions about what…

For many reasons, the H1B visa is one of the most popular work visas for people coming to work in the United States. To qualify for this visa, an applicant must be hired for a job requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher as an industry standard, hold a four-year bachelor’s degree or higher or its…

The IT industry is growing faster than highly skilled US-born workers can fill all of the new jobs, and the vast majority of H1b visa holders come to the United States every year to fill these positions. In fact, so many apply for H1b Visas each year, even companies like Microsoft are only approved for…

Up until just recently, candidates filed a foreign credential evaluation along with their initial H1B petition every time. That was until the lottery. With only 65,000 annual H1B Visas available and STEM industries actively seeking foreign employees for high-level positions, CIS now receives many times more petitions than there are Visas available. To deal with…

Just like last year and the year before, this year we have seen more RFE’s than we ever have in the past. When CIS issues an RFE, a lot of concern and angst arise. A lot is at stake with Visa approval and getting to this point in the process only to have more asked…

In the past five to six years, the USCIS has tightened its standards surrounding what academically qualifies an EB2 applicant for his or her specialty occupation. This has caused an outbreak of RFE’s for education situations because USCIS standards are tighter than those of employers. Many employees are hired because their bachelor’s or master’s degrees…

We recently helped a client with a three-year bachelor’s degree, plus a two-year master’s degree and over ten years of work experience in the field get their visa Denial overturned.  The PERM required our client to have a Master’s Degree plus two years of work experience, which, clearly he did.  The USCIS’s only hang-up –…

Back in 2013, we received word from the attorney of our client that their RFE has been successfully answered and their visa approved. This was particularly great information because our client received a Nightmare RFE, otherwise known as the Kitchen Sink RFE. This is because this particular RFE gives attorneys nightmares, and just about everything…

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…

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