Category archive: Credential Evaluation

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….

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…

Abe Lincoln once said a man who represents himself in a legal proceeding has a fool for a lawyer.  The same rings true for engaging the US immigration system.  Dangers abound for employers and employees going into the process to petition for a work visa without proper legal counsel.  Many don’t understand that if they…

Across the country, US master’s programs are throwing open their doors to students from India.  At least, in theory.  While many of these colleges claim to welcome Indian students into their master’s programs, a deeper discrimination still exists that keeps bright, talented students from the very programs that need them. For whatever reason, US master’s…

Theoretical physicist and bestselling author Dr. Michio Kaku has been and continues to be very candid about what is actually keeping the United States scientific establishment from collapsing: the H1B visa program. Nicknamed the “Genius Visa,” holding an H1B visa enables foreign nationals with advanced degrees to live and work in the United States for…

Highly skilled workers with advanced degrees are running into immigration troubles when applying for H1b visas. H1b visa status requires visa holders to have a US bachelor’s degree or higher, or its equivalent. While the USCIS accepts three-year bachelor’s degrees from Oxford and Cambridge as the equivalent for a US four-year degree, the Indian three-year…

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