USCIS opens its doors to H-1B petitions for FY 2019 on Monday April 2nd, which is just under two weeks away. We predict that the cap will be met by Friday April 6th, so get those petitions ready to file!
The last minute is NOT the time to cut corners. Even if you get your petition, or your employee or client’s petition in on time, it will not be approved if it is incorrect or incomplete. That means you need to have all of the documentation and evidence necessary to clearly show you meet, or your employee or client and the job meet H-1B eligibility requirements the first time. That way, if you make, or your client or employee makes the H-1B lottery, it will be easy for CIS to approve the petition.
One of the biggest mistakes we see every year is that beneficiaries don’t include a credential evaluation in their petition when one is needed, or the credential evaluation will not serve the needs of the job or visa.
To meet CIS educational requirements for the H-1B visa, the beneficiary must hold a US bachelors degree or higher, or its equivalent in the field of the H-1B job. In the past, related areas of study have been acceptable, but in the past several years, CIS has only approved beneficiaries with specialization in the exact field of the H-1B job.
That means, to meet H-1B eligibility requirements, you, or your client or employee must have a US bachelors degree or higher or its equivalent in the exact field of the H-1B job. If you, or your client or employee doesn’t have the US degree in the exact field of the job, you will need to go a step farther to show you or your employee or client is qualified for the specialty occupation and for H-1B visa status.
Do you, or does your client or employee need to include a credential evaluation to meet CIS educational requirements?
If any of the following situations apply to your situation, or your client or employee’s situation, the answer is YES:
• Degree is from outside of the United States, especially three-year bachelors degree.
• Incomplete college degree or no college at all.
• Degree with a major that is not an exact match for the H-1B job.
• Degree is generalized with no specialization.
• Degree does not have the word “degree” in the title, ex. Indian Chartered Accountancy.
The next step is to order a credential evaluation that closes the gaps between the beneficiary’s education and H-1B educational requirements. The right evaluation takes into account the H-1B job and visa requirements. If an evaluator or agency doesn’t ask about the beneficiary’s job or visa, look elsewhere. For three-year degrees, CIS requires a work experience conversion that converts three years of progressive work experience into one year of college credit to account for the missing third year. Only a professor with the authority to grand work experience for college credit can do this. At TheDegreePeople, we have such professors on hand 24/7 to write the review you need.
We offer affordable rush delivery options for evaluations needed all the way down to 12 hour rush delivery, by the clock. We have experts on hand 24/7 for free consultations on how to best ensure your petition, or your client or employee’s petition is seamless. Don’t file an incomplete or incorrect petition, simply visit ccifree.com for a no charge and no obligation review of your case, or your client or employee’s case.
This article was written by Rebecca Little