USCIS begins accepting electronic applications for H-1B cap-subject petitions NEXT MONTH.  Even though applicants do not file a completed petition until having been selected in the lottery, it is time to identify potential case weaknesses and how to fortify them before you file. 

A common and persistent issue H-1B applicants run into every year occurs when the beneficiary’s education is not a US degree earned in the exact field of the H-1B job.  Education RFEs arrive when:

  • The beneficiary has a degree earned outside of the United States, ESPECIALLY if it is a 3-year degree.
  • The degree is in a field other than the exact field of the H-1B job, even if it is related.
  • The degree is in a generalized field.
  • The beneficiary has incomplete college or no college at all.
  • The degree was earned at an unaccredited institution.

If any of these situations apply to the beneficiary, an essential component of any successful H-1B petition is a detailed credential evaluation.  This evaluation must show that the beneficiary has the educational background equivalent to the needed degree in the exact field of the H-1B job in terms of US academic standards.  This means taking course content, progressive work experience, and other professional training into account.  The evaluation must be written uniquely to address the situation, addressing the beneficiary’s job, education, and work experience, as well as H-1B visa requirements and USCIS approval trends.

At CCI all of our credential evaluations are researched and written uniquely so as to address each applicant’s specific situation.  We work with professors with the authority to convert years of work experience into college credit to fill in any gaps between the education the beneficiary has and the education the beneficiary needs.

For a free review of your case visit  We will respond in 4 hours or less.

Sheila Danzig

Sheila Danzig is the director of CCI  Sheila specializes in overturning RFEs and Denials for work visas.

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