Category archive: Visa Approvals

The Specialty Occupation RFE has become the new nightmare facing H-1B beneficiaries, their sponsors, and their lawyers.  They can be answered successfully with the inclusion of an expert opinion letter, but this does not always work. There are two reasons why: 1. The letter is lacking in detail.  USCIS requires a very detailed letter with…

Next week, USCIS begins accepting H-1B petitions on Monday April 1st.  We suspect that this year there will be more than enough petitions to fill the 65,000 general H-1B cap-subject visas and the additional 20,000 H-1B visas for advanced degrees, resulting in a lottery. Getting selected in the lottery is just the first step of…

This year, there have been some changes made to the H-1B lottery process and to approval adjudication.  As in years previous, 65,000 H-1B visas are available for beneficiaries with US Bachelor degrees or higher or their equivalent, and 20,000 H-1B visas are allotted for beneficiaries with advanced degrees of US Master degree or higher.  What…

Last year, USCIS responded to an unprecedented number of H-1B cap-subject petitions with RFEs regarding specialty occupation.  These RFEs were successfully answered with expert opinion letters from the RIGHT kind of expert while other expert opinion letters were rejected. The letters that were rejected were written by professors in the field of the H1B job. …

As executive director of CCI TheDegreePeople, I receive calls all day long about specialty occupation issues.  Invariably, someone will ask me if my experts are professors.  I have experts on hand 24/7 to write the expert opinion letters H1B beneficiaries need to successfully address specialty occupation issues, but they are not professors. Here is why:…

Over the past few years, we have seen record numbers of RFEs issued in response to H1B visas.  This year, we will likely see a record few because USCIS issued a memorandum giving adjudicators the authority and initiative to reject petitions outright without first issuing an RFE. This does not change our overall approval strategy…

Is your caseload too full?  TheDegreePeople can help!  Delegate your work to the experts, let us take of any expert opinion letters needed for your case.  We can also help with immigration forms. Family Immigration Cases While we specialize in visa cases that rely heavily on education, we also work on family immigration cases.  Expert…

The answer is CCI TheDegreePeople.com. The third edition of The PERM Book is out, created by 21 immigration law experts to guide those involved in PERM cases through the complex and nuanced process of visa approval today. This comprehensive book covers all steps in the PERM petition process, including unique and difficult cases, and how…

The good news is that we likely won’t be seeing many – if any – Nightmare RFEs this coming H1B season.  The bad news is that the reason is because the recent USCIS memorandum issued in September of 2018 now gives visa adjudicators the authority to reject petitions outright without giving the petitioner a chance…

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