Category archive: immigration

USCIS will begin accepting H1B petitions on April 1st, 2017 for visas for fiscal year 2018. The annual cap is 65,000 for candidates with bachelor’s degrees, and another 20,000 for candidates with master’s degrees of higher. This cap has not changed. Last year, CIS received a record 236,000 petitions in the first five days of…

Here’s the deal with H1B and the Indian Three-Year bachelor’s degree: CIS will NOT accept the Indian three-year bachelor’s degree alone as adequate evidence that you or your employee or client meets H1B educational requirements. It doesn’t matter that Indian three-year bachelor’s degrees contain just as many if not more credit hours as the US…

H1B filing season is right around the corner, and the trend of increasing rates of RFEs is expected to continue. That means when you organize your petition, or your employee or client’s petition to file, sidestepping any RFEs that may be thrown your way must be a priority. At TheDegreePeople, we help our clients answer…

H1B filing season is coming up fast. April 1st is right around the corner and you want to make sure you have the time you need to file a petition that’s going to be approved. In the haste of preparation, it’s important to keep in mind that the rate of RFEs is high and climbing,…

The key term when it comes to H1B eligibility is specialization. H1B visa status is for foreign workers with advanced degrees working specialty occupations. These jobs require a US bachelor’s degree or higher or its foreign equivalent as a minimum requirement. Additionally, CIS requires the degree to be in the exact specialization of the job,…

Filing season is on its way, which means its time to start preparing H1B petitions for fiscal year 2018. This visa is for highly skilled workers coming to the United States to work jobs that require an advanced and specific skill set. Education is a central aspect of H1B eligibility. Before you file, make sure…

In his inaugural address, President Trump touted that the country would follow the principle, “Buy American and hire American.” What does this mean for programs like the H1B Visa program, and the issues these programs seek to address? The H1B visa program has been specifically targeted by this sentiment. The H1B visa program allows highly…

It’s time to start preparing to file H1B petitions for fiscal year 2018. We predict that there will be an H1B lottery again this year because for the past several years the number of petitions that flowed in the first week of April far surpassed the annual cap. If you or your employee or client…

If you or your employee or client is planning to file for EB2 visa status, make sure that the education meets requirements for this particular classification. EB2 visa processing time is very long, and filing a petition that is doomed is a waste of time, money, and peace of mind for everyone. When looking at…

It’s H1B RFE season and there’s a one in four chance that you or your employee or client received one. RFEs have become increasingly common over the past several years, and CIS approval trends regarding H1B education have changed. RFEs have become not only more common, but also more complex and confusing. For example, the…

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