Tag archive: level 1 wages rfe

To meet H1B requirements, the employer must pay the H1B employee the prevailing wage for the position in that industry for companies of that size in that geographical location. Last year, we saw jobs with Level 1 Wages targeted both questioning the wage level and whether the job meets H1B specialization requirements. But what if…

Last year, the Level 1 Wages RFE shocked computer programmers and their employers and lawyers. This year, we’re seeing RFEs that effect beneficiaries of all wage levels, and this tends to be combined with questions about the specialization of the job in question. Here’s how it works: if the wage is set at a level…

When an RFE arrives, it means CIS does not have enough information from the initial H1B petition to make a decision about your case, or your employee or client’s case. If you or your employee or client receives an RFE, don’t panic. RFEs have become very common, and can be a helpful tool to fortify…

When CIS finds one problem, they usually find another.  Last year, we saw wage level issues and specialty occupation issues go hand in hand in common H1B RFEs.  This year, we expect to see them again. To meet H1B eligibility requirements, the job in question must require a minimum of a US bachelor’s degree for…

One of the central H1B qualifying components is that the H1B employee must be paid the prevailing wage for the job, in companies of that size, in that industry, in that geographical location. CIS uses the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook to determine what wage levels are appropriate for each job, and if…

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…

H-1B filing season is over, but that doesn’t mean the work is done. Last year, CIS rolled out an unprecedented number of RFEs challenging occupational specialization. Last year, computer programmers at level 1 wages were targeted for RFEs claiming that the job entry level computer programmer didn’t meet the H-1B specialization requirement that a candidate…

Last year, CIS came down hard on computer programmers earning level 1 wages. The reasoning was that because some employers hire entry level programmers with only a US associate’s degree as a minimum requirement, the job didn’t meet H1B specialization requirements. The H1B visa is for jobs that require a minimum of a US bachelors…

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…

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…

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