Tag archive: h1b RFE

For the first time in years, the number of H1B petitions filed for FY 2018 in April 2017 dropped. 199,000 petitions came in, down from 236,000 for FY 2017 in April 2016. However, this number still far exceeds the annual cap of 65,000 H1B visas and an additional 20,000 for beneficiaries with US Masters degrees…

H1B educational requirements state that to qualify a candidate must hold a US bachelors degree or higher or its equivalent. What if you have, or your employee or client has the specialized skills and expertise necessary to excel that the job, but no college experience? The trick is in the equivalency. At TheDegreePeople, we write…

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….

Last year, we saw an unprecedented expansion in RFEs for Specialty Occupation, hitting H1B candidates in computer programmer positions at level 1 wages the hardest. This year, we expect these RFEs to continue to be even tougher and more widespread. That means, if you, or your client or employee has a “borderline” job – meaning…

April 1st is coming right up! This is the date when CIS begins accepting cap-subject H1B petitions, and at TheDegreePeople, we predict the quota will be met within 5 business days. While demand for H1B visas continues to rise, there are still only 65,000 visas available for employees with US Bachelors degrees or their equivalency…

April 1st is coming up fast and that means it’s time to get started on H1B petitions for fiscal year 2019. For the past few years, the H1B quota of 65,000 visas and an additional 20,000 for candidates with US Masters degrees or higher or their equivalency has been met within the mandatory five business…

This year, we all met the Level 1 Wages RFE that targeted H1B computer programmers working at Level 1 Wages.  We’re still answering these RFEs, and it’s almost time to file again. First, let’s look at the Level 1 Wages RFE: Until this year, CIS has left computer programmers at Level 1 Wages alone when…

If you are, or if you have clients or employees involved in the H1B process, chances are you’ve heard of the RFE of the year: the Level 1 Wages RFE. This RFE posits that the job of computer programmer at Level 1 Wages is not specialized to meet CIS requirements for the H1B visa. To…

The Level 1 Wages RFE hit us all as a surprise this year, but the fact that CIS rolled out a new RFE with unprecedented scope is nothing new. Virtually every year, CIS gives us a new challenge to overcome, and every year, we learn how to answer it.  The Level 1 Wages RFE is…

This year, CIS hit computer programmers petitioning for H1B status with an unprecedented round of RFEs: the Level 1 Wages RFE. There are a couple of particulars about this RFE that make it especially threatening to the H1B program at large.  This RFE targets computer programmers at wage level 1, claiming that this means it’s…

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