Tag archive: US immigration

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…

Ten years ago, receiving an H1B RFE was a relatively rare occurrence. Today, H1B applicants have about a one in three chance of getting an RFE instead of an approval. What does this mean for FY 2019 H1B beneficiaries? There is a strong chance the petition will receive an RFE. This does not mean the…

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…

Last year, we saw an unprecedented number of RFEs targeting computer programmers making level 1 wages. These RFEs questioned whether this job met H1B specialization requirements, which states a specialty occupation requires a minimum of a US bachelors degree or higher or its equivalent for entry into the position. Here’s why: CIS assumes that because…

A common RFE we see every year is the Specialty Occupation RFE. Last year, we saw an unprecedented number of RFEs that brought up this issue pertaining to computer programmers making level 1 wages, but this issue can affect any H1B job. To qualify for H1B status, a job must require a minimum of a…

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