Preventing More RFEs: Two H1B RFEs to Always Answer Together

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When CIS finds a hole in an H1B case, they tend to find more. That means, when you answer the first RFE, it is important to prevent the second one even if only one issue is initially called into question.

Two RFEs that are closely connected are specialty occupation and wage level RFEs. Even if both of these issues are not brought up verbatim in the same RFE, it is likely that one issue implies the other. That means if you, or your employee or client receives a wage level RFE, you must answer both that issue and the issue of specialty occupation. If you, or your employee or client receives a specialty occupation RFE, you must also answer the issue of the wage level in your response. If you don’t, you will likely be getting another RFE soon.

Here’s how you do it:

To prove specialization, you must show that the H1B job requires a minimum of a US bachelor’s degree or higher to perform. To show that this is an industry standard, supply the ad for the job, as well as other ads for the same position in parallel companies within the industry to demonstrate the minimum requirement. Include a detailed breakdown of the job’s duties, tasks, and responsibilities to show that the work required is specialized and needs training to perform. If this particular position is uniquely specialized to require an advanced degree beyond what is the industry standard for this position, besides providing the detailed work breakdown, you will need to provide record of past hiring practices to show that the employer typically hires workers with advanced degrees for this position, and further evidence to explain why this job is uniquely specialized.

Then, address the wage level, as paying the H1B employee the prevailing wage for the position in the industry in that geographical location for companies of that size is also an H1B requirement. If the wage level doesn’t match the job entry indicated in the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, you need to go a step further and explain all of the factors that went into deciding the wage level for the position. This includes the amount of direct work experience the H1B worker has in the field, the level of supervision required, and any further training necessary.

To tie all of this together, you will need an expert opinion letter that validates the job’s specialization and wage level. One letter can address both issues as they are closely linked and much of the same evidence and analysis go into supporting both aspects of the RFE.

At TheDegreePeople, we have experts from all fields on hand 24/7 – as well as highly trained credential evaluators with expert knowledge of working with H1B visas and difficult RFEs – to analyze your case and get you the expert opinion letter you need to overturn this RFE, and prevent the second round. We even provide affordable rush delivery options for the last minute.

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

This article was written by Rebecca Little