How to Make it Easy for the USCIS to Approve Your H1-B Visa

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To work a highly-skilled, prearranged job in the United States, you need to be approved for an H1-B visa. To qualify for this visa, your job must require that you have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Competition for H1-B visas is fierce because only 85,000 are issued every year by the USCIS and this past year the number of applicants exceeded the limit in less than one week of when the USCIS began accepting petitions.

To get your H1-B visa approved, you must prove that your job qualifies as a specialty occupation and that you meet the minimum academic qualifications necessary to fill this position.

The clearer these two aspects are laid out in your petition the more likely it is your petition will be approved. The USCIS evaluates hundreds of thousands of these petitions every year. Make their job easier and the outcome will be better for you.

The first thing you need to do is to prove that your job is a specialty occupation. You can do this by submitting a copy of the advertisement for the job opening, which should include minimum qualifications necessary. If you cannot provide this, you need to submit documentation proving similar companies require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree or higher for similar jobs.

Once you have established that your job is a specialty occupation, you must then prove that you are qualified for it. To do this, you must show that your degree actually is, or is equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree or higher. To do this you must have your degree evaluated by a credential evaluation agency that is authorized to make the necessary conversions to accurately determine the value of your degree in terms of US academic standards.

The easier you make it for the USCIS to understand the rigor of your job and the value of your education, the easier it will be for them to approve your visa.

For a free consultation on your credential evaluation for your H1-B application, visit us at or call us at 1.800.771.4723 any time.

This article was written by Rebecca Little