How to Prevent a 2nd Round of H1B RFEs with Your First Answer

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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 meeting the evidence requests in the first RFE may seem daunting enough without the addition of having to preempt a second round, but trust me, it’s worth it. It will save you a lot of time, money, and headache later on.

At TheDegreePeople, we review each client’s entire case and make sure all of the bases are covered. H1B elligibility means the beneficiary is working a specialty occupation that requires a minimum of a US bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as a minimum qualification to be hired. The beneficiary must hold the required degree in the exact field of the specialty occupation. The employer must pay the employee the prevailing wage for that job in that field for companies of that size in that geographic location, and the employer must be able to hire, fire, promote, supervise, and otherwise control the work the employee does.

For H1B employees working at third-party consulting firms, you must show that there are projects lined up for the employee to perform over the course of their H1B status.

We review each case and the associated RFE and make sure to address any discrepancies between the requirements and the petition. That means addressing why the wage level is set as it is, why the job requires an advanced degree, and addressing the education situation. If you or your employee or client has a degree in a different field – even if it’s related – or a degree from outside of the US or never completed a bachelor’s degree, you will need to include a credential evaluation that closes the gaps between your education, or your employee or client’s education and H1B educational requirements.

For a free review of your case, visit  We will get back to you in 48 hours or less with our analysis of your case and our recommendations.

This article was written by Rebecca Little