In light of the new USCIS policy memorandum, adjudicators now have the discretion to deny a petition without first issuing and RFE or NOID for all visas, and this includes visas that require a Form I-140.
While the new memorandum can feel like a reason to be nervous because we don’t know how this law on the books will play out in practice, it actually changes very little in how beneficiaries and their teams should approach the process. That means looking at common places where applicants run into problems and then taking steps to prevent running into them.
If you or your employee or client’s education or job don’t clearly meet the educational standards of the classification chosen in Part 2 of Form I-140, you need to make sure to provide the evidence and documentation you need to fill in the gaps between the requirements and you or your employee or client’s situation. Incomplete college, education attained outside of the United States, or no formal education are all situations that require a detailed credential evaluation that takes the specific educational requirements of the visa and the classification into consideration. If an evaluation agency does not ask about the job or the visa before you order, look elsewhere.
Before you file, make sure all answers on the PERM and on Form I-140 are consistent. Inconsistencies will trigger an RFE, even if it is just a spelling error. If there are changes needed, make sure to check yes for Part 4 Item 7 on the Form I-140. Place a bright sheet of paper directly beneath Form I-140 that states this is an amended petition and the PERM has already been submitted and include the receipt number for the PERM. This way, inconsistencies will be accompanied with a clear explanation. CIS may inquire anyway – there are never any guarantees with CIS – but this will be much less likely and if you do receive an RFE you will be ready.
At TheDegreePeople we work with I-140 RFEs every year and understand CIS approval trends and what triggers RFEs. This year, you may not get a chance to fortify your case with an RFE. Before you file, let us review your case and identify where in the petition an RFE is likely to be triggered so you can accommodate accordingly. For a free review of your case visit ccifree.com/. We will get back to you in 48 hours or less.
This article was written by Rebecca Little