Tag archive: education RFE

This past July, USCIS announced a policy memorandum that took effect September 11th, 2018.  This memorandum allows adjudicators to deny incomplete applications, requests, and petitions without first issuing an NOID and RFE. Before the memorandum, adjudicators were required to issue an RFE or NOID instead of outright Denials unless there was absolutely no possibility that…

Education RFEs, wage level issue RFEs, and specialty occupation RFEs require H1B hopefuls and their teams to enlist the help of credential evaluators and experts for writing expert opinion letters, particularly for specialty occupation issues and for the evaluation as well. Choosing what evaluator or expert to work with can be daunting because writing evaluations…

Every year, H1B candidates face a higher chance of receiving an RFE instead of an outright visa approval. Every year CIS approval trends change and so do their accompanying RFEs. In the past, education issues have been central to CIS approval trends. This year, the big CIS RFE trend when it comes to H1B petitions…

What do you do when you get an RFE with absolutely everything in it? Before last year, the Nightmare RFE was the scariest prospect for H1B beneficiaries, being virtually impossible to answer within the allotted timeframe by its own instructions. This year, we’re seeing the Nightmare RFE with specialty occupation, wage level, and education issues…

Every year CIS has gotten tougher on H1B candidates and every year approval trends and RFE trends change. The three big RFE issues to look out for this year – and may be including in combination in a single RFE – bring us back to the basics. To qualify for H1B status, a job must…

The first RFE isn’t always the end of it. If CIS finds one problem with an H1B petition it opens the door to a closer scrutiny of the case, which often results in finding details out of place that would have otherwise gone overlooked. Getting an RFE is rarely, if ever, the end of the…

Imagine an RFE that calls into question the beneficiary’s credentials, wage level, and occupational specialization that is virtually impossible to answer by its own guidelines. We saw them last year, and we have the experts with the highest rate of success to help overturn them. Coming up on RFE season, it’s important to keep in…

If you or your employee or client has an Indian three-year bachelors degree, you are coming into this H1B season with an RFE target on the petition. CIS will not accept that Indian three-year bachelors degree as the equivalent of a US four-year bachelors degree. Yes, US graduate programs do. Yes, international trade agreements do….

It seems like every year CIS is coming out with a new difficult RFE to throw H1B beneficiaries and their employers and attorneys a curve ball. This year, we were all caught off guard by the Level 1 Wages RFE that targets computer programmers. As with all other years, this RFE is an opportunity to…

While the Level 1 Wages RFE has been this year’s hot new horrible H1B RFE, all of the classic RFEs we see year after year are still out there. Candidates who received an RFE for Level 1 Wages and answered it perfectly are now getting hit with another round of RFEs.  In fact, this year…

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