Category archive: Credential Evaluation

The first RFE isn’t always the end of it. If CIS finds one problem with an H1B petition it opens the door to a closer scrutiny of the case, which often results in finding details out of place that would have otherwise gone overlooked. Getting an RFE is rarely, if ever, the end of the…

When CIS finds one problem with an H1B petition, they tend to find more. RFEs regarding multiple issues are common, and one of the most frequent ones we’ve seen is the Specialty Occupation and Wage Level Double RFE. This RFE deals with two H1B eligibility requirements: The job in question must require a US bachelor’s…

What we are seeing this year is a huge run of RFEs when the Computer Occupations – ALL OTHERS is checked. Here’s the problem: when a job doesn’t exactly meet any of the titles offered on the LCA and ALL OTHERS is checked, CIS cannot reference the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)…

When an RFE arrives, it means CIS does not have enough information from the initial H1B petition to make a decision about your case, or your employee or client’s case. If you or your employee or client receives an RFE, don’t panic. RFEs have become very common, and can be a helpful tool to fortify…

Last year, we saw an influx of RFEs regarding whether the job in question was specialized to meet H1B requirements. To meet H1B specialization requirements, the position must require a minimum of a US bachelor’s degree or higher, or its equivalent for entry into the position. This must be an industry standard, or you must…

Ten years ago, receiving an H1B RFE was a relatively rare occurrence. Today, H1B applicants have about a one in three chance of getting an RFE instead of an approval. What does this mean for FY 2019 H1B beneficiaries? There is a strong chance the petition will receive an RFE. This does not mean the…

When CIS finds one problem, they usually find another.  Last year, we saw wage level issues and specialty occupation issues go hand in hand in common H1B RFEs.  This year, we expect to see them again. To meet H1B eligibility requirements, the job in question must require a minimum of a US bachelor’s degree for…

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…

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