Tag archive: US immigration

In some countries, certain certificates and licenses require post-secondary educational steps or their equivalents and other countries do not. Some professional licenses and certifications are called the same thing in two completely different countries, but the education it takes to earn these verbally identical degrees are completely different. This is one of the many complexities…

In other words…USCIS is not your friend. Against a backdrop of increased pressure and limited resources, the RFE your client receives in response to his or her petition is not always as unique and specific as it may appear to be. The number of petitions submitted for the same number of visas has forced CIS…

But what is functional equivalency? To answer this question, let’s take a look at what an educational equivalency actually is. For your client’s education to meet visa requirements, you must show that they either have the advanced US degree required for their specialty occupation, or its foreign equivalent. Sometimes, equivalencies across borders, educational systems, and…

A Request for Information (RFE) is a tool CIS uses to make a clear decision on whether or not to approve your client’s visa. If they don’t feel enough evidence was provided in the initial petition to make a decision, they will issue an RFE indicating what further evidence they need. When they request this…

Over the course of the next two months before the H1-b filing date, you will see a lot of articles, blogs, and reports urging you to get your client’s education evaluated for US equivalence. H1-b candidates with degrees from outside of the US are required by CIS to submit a thorough evaluation of their foreign…

The H1B visa requires qualified candidates to hold a bachelor’s degree or higher to work their H1B qualified specialty occupation. This means that your client needs to hold a US bachelor’s degree or its equivalent or higher to qualify for H1B visa status. Seems straightforward enough, right? Wrong. And getting more and more wrong as…

The date to file your client’s H1-B petition for the 2017 fiscal year is coming up fast. Last year’s trends and the trends of years previous are expected to continue, and that means even more petitions flooding in for the same number of annual visas. That also means more RFE’s that you might have to…

As foreign credential evaluators who specialize in handling RFEs and denials, we are constantly evaluating USCIS policy and trends. Just like last year and the year before, this year we have seen more H1B RFEs than we ever have in the past. When CIS issues an RFE, much concern and angst arises.  A lot is…

Economists across the United States are almost entirely unified in agreement that granting citizenship to undocumented immigrants will significantly improve the US economy within five years.  However, the longer we wait, the smaller the positive impact this will have.  The sooner undocumented immigrants are granted citizenship, the more the benefits to the US economy are…

Whether you’re looking into hiring on a new employee under H-1B status, or taking on a current L-1 or TN employee as an H-1B employee for this next fiscal year, it’s time to get going. USCIS begins accepting petitions for this much sought after visa on April 1st. If the past several years are any…

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