Category archive: immigration

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….

Turns out, the entire job-stealing myth of the H1B visa holder is the opposite of true.  Since the beginning of the H1b visa program in 1990, the program has stimulated both job creation and significant wage increases for US-born employees as well as H1B workers alike.  In fact, it is estimated by the Bureau of…

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…

Consider this: the last time the US government made a massive overhaul to reform the immigration system was before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The world has changed drastically and the marketplace of goods, services, and innovations has gone global. Especially with the recent rapid expansion of the IT industry and rampant technological advances,…

The quick answer – Computer Systems Analyst.  These RFEs are pouring in. While most of the H1b visas every year are for STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – jobs, the bulk of the RFE responses to H1b petitions are for Computer Systems Analyst jobs. Why is this?  In their educational requirements policy, the…

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