Tag archive: h1b RFE

This year, there have been some changes made to the H-1B lottery process and to approval adjudication.  As in years previous, 65,000 H-1B visas are available for beneficiaries with US Bachelor degrees or higher or their equivalent, and 20,000 H-1B visas are allotted for beneficiaries with advanced degrees of US Master degree or higher.  What…

Last year, USCIS responded to an unprecedented number of H-1B cap-subject petitions with RFEs regarding specialty occupation.  These RFEs were successfully answered with expert opinion letters from the RIGHT kind of expert while other expert opinion letters were rejected. The letters that were rejected were written by professors in the field of the H1B job. …

As executive director of CCI TheDegreePeople, I receive calls all day long about specialty occupation issues.  Invariably, someone will ask me if my experts are professors.  I have experts on hand 24/7 to write the expert opinion letters H1B beneficiaries need to successfully address specialty occupation issues, but they are not professors. Here is why:…

Over the past few years, we have seen record numbers of RFEs issued in response to H1B visas.  This year, we will likely see a record few because USCIS issued a memorandum giving adjudicators the authority and initiative to reject petitions outright without first issuing an RFE. This does not change our overall approval strategy…

The good news is that we likely won’t be seeing many – if any – Nightmare RFEs this coming H1B season.  The bad news is that the reason is because the recent USCIS memorandum issued in September of 2018 now gives visa adjudicators the authority to reject petitions outright without giving the petitioner a chance…

When CIS finds one problem with an H-1B petition, they usually find more.  When education and specialty occupation issues team up to make for the Double Nightmare RFE, beneficiaries come up against a heavy burden of proof. CIS approval trends change every year, but there has been a trend towards tightening interpretation around every facet…

While specialty occupation RFEs are nothing new, starting in the 2017 H1B cap season we saw a dramatic increase in such RFEs.  This coming year, there may not be many RFEs at all because USCIS adjudicators have been given license to deny petitions outright. To qualify for H1B status a job must require a minimum…

When CIS suspects that a job does not meet H1B requirements for specialty occupation, in the past they would issue an RFE.  This year, beneficiaries are likely to just get a Denial. Over the next three weeks, we will look at three different jobs that have been specialty occupation RFE magnets in the past, what…

Effective now CIS will be issuing very few RFEs for H1B petitions. Adjudicators now have the initiative to deny petitions without first issuing an RFE. What does this mean? In practice, it actually means very little has changed. While denials are much more difficult to overturn than RFEs, it should not change the fact that…

This coming H1B season, visa adjudicators at CIS have adopted a memorandum to deny visa petitions without first issuing an RFE. A Denial is MUCH more difficult to overturn than an RFE and it is best to avoid them altogether.  This has lawyers talking about submitting expert opinion letters with the initial H1B petition to…

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