Category archive: Visa Approvals

Every year, H1B candidates face a higher chance of receiving an RFE instead of an outright visa approval. Every year CIS approval trends change and so do their accompanying RFEs. In the past, education issues have been central to CIS approval trends. This year, the big CIS RFE trend when it comes to H1B petitions…

When CIS finds a hole in an H1B case, they tend to find more. That means, when you answer the first RFE, it is important to prevent the second one even if only one issue is initially called into question. Two RFEs that are closely connected are specialty occupation and wage level RFEs. Even if…

For years, the scariest H1B RFE out there was The Nightmare, which had so many requests involved it was virtually impossible to answer on time by its own guidelines. CIS approval trends change every year. Several years ago, CIS stopped approving the visas of beneficiaries with degrees that did not exactly match their field of…

When CIS finds one problem with an H1B petition, that’s rarely the end of the story. Every year, many H1B beneficiaries answer one RFE just to receive another. The trick is to provide evidence to support all aspects of H1B requirements in the first answer, even if the RFE didn’t specifically ask for it. Just…

When CIS finds one problem with an H1B petition, they tend to find more. This year’s RFE trend we are seeing is wage level issues and specialty occupation issues going hand in hand to form a very difficult RFE to answer. Here’s how it works: CIS uses the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook…

What do you do when you get an RFE with absolutely everything in it? Before last year, the Nightmare RFE was the scariest prospect for H1B beneficiaries, being virtually impossible to answer within the allotted timeframe by its own instructions. This year, we’re seeing the Nightmare RFE with specialty occupation, wage level, and education issues…

Last year, the Level 1 Wages RFE shocked computer programmers and their employers and lawyers. This year, we’re seeing RFEs that effect beneficiaries of all wage levels, and this tends to be combined with questions about the specialization of the job in question. Here’s how it works: if the wage is set at a level…

Every year CIS has gotten tougher on H1B candidates and every year approval trends and RFE trends change. The three big RFE issues to look out for this year – and may be including in combination in a single RFE – bring us back to the basics. To qualify for H1B status, a job must…

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…

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