Tag archive: US immigration

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…

If you, or if your client or employee is planning to file for H1-B status for FY2020, the process has changed.  This coming season, you will still file the first week of April as always.  The good news is no paperwork must be submitted until AFTER your employee or client is selected in the H-1B…

If the petition process and first round of H1B RFEs aren’t stressful enough here comes round two of RFEs.  When CIS finds something wrong with a petition, it opens the floodgates to finding more details out of place that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.  The best way to prevent round two of RFEs is to…

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…

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…

For years, the scariest H1B RFE out there was The Nightmare, which had so many requests involved it was virtually impossible to answer on time by its own guidelines. CIS approval trends change every year. Several years ago, CIS stopped approving the visas of beneficiaries with degrees that did not exactly match their field of…

When CIS finds one problem with an H1B petition, that’s rarely the end of the story. Every year, many H1B beneficiaries answer one RFE just to receive another. The trick is to provide evidence to support all aspects of H1B requirements in the first answer, even if the RFE didn’t specifically ask for it. Just…

When CIS finds one problem with an H1B petition, they tend to find more. This year’s RFE trend we are seeing is wage level issues and specialty occupation issues going hand in hand to form a very difficult RFE to answer. Here’s how it works: CIS uses the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook…

When CIS finds one problem with an H1B petition, they tend to find more. RFEs regarding multiple issues are common, and one of the most frequent ones we’ve seen is the Specialty Occupation and Wage Level Double RFE. This RFE deals with two H1B eligibility requirements: The job in question must require a US bachelor’s…

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