Category archive: Visa Approvals

H1B educational requirements are laden with sneaky traps that can tank your client’s case in a hurry. To avoid these traps, it is essential to be aware of the unique educational requirements of each visa, as well as the educational equivalency requirements, which also vary from visa to visa, and change with USCIS trends. Attorneys…

In some countries, certain certificates and licenses require post-secondary educational steps or their equivalents and other countries do not. Some professional licenses and certifications are called the same thing in two completely different countries, but the education it takes to earn these verbally identical degrees are completely different. This is one of the many complexities…

Why does the job Computer Systems Analyst get the most H1b RFEs? With so many STEM jobs filled with H1b workers, it would follow that USCIS is used to seeing this job title on petitions and understand what to do with them. So what’s the recurring problem? The problem does not lie within the job,…

In other words…USCIS is not your friend. Against a backdrop of increased pressure and limited resources, the RFE your client receives in response to his or her petition is not always as unique and specific as it may appear to be. The number of petitions submitted for the same number of visas has forced CIS…

But what is functional equivalency? To answer this question, let’s take a look at what an educational equivalency actually is. For your client’s education to meet visa requirements, you must show that they either have the advanced US degree required for their specialty occupation, or its foreign equivalent. Sometimes, equivalencies across borders, educational systems, and…

A Request for Information (RFE) is a tool CIS uses to make a clear decision on whether or not to approve your client’s visa. If they don’t feel enough evidence was provided in the initial petition to make a decision, they will issue an RFE indicating what further evidence they need. When they request this…

The past decade has seen a significant annual increase in H-1b petitions, and this year the trend is projected to continue. Experts estimate that more than 200,000 H-1b petitions will be filed this year before CIS closes its doors after the mandatory five days of accepting petitions. For cap-subjected H-1b jobs, there are only 65,000…

Over the course of the next two months before the H1-b filing date, you will see a lot of articles, blogs, and reports urging you to get your client’s education evaluated for US equivalence. H1-b candidates with degrees from outside of the US are required by CIS to submit a thorough evaluation of their foreign…

Your client’s H1-B eligibility is primarily about his or her education. There are two primary educational requirements CIS evaluates to determine whether or not to approve a candidate’s visa: Does the candidate have a US bachelor’s degree or higher? Does the candidate’s degree match their specialty occupation? Many H1-B candidates do not have US bachelor’s…

If your client is petitioning for an H1B visa with a foreign degree – especially if it is a three-year bachelor’s degree – you already know you need to submit a credential evaluation for the petition to be successful. More and more education RFE’s are issued every year to clarify foreign degree equivalencies. However, RFE’s…

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