H-1b cap-subject filing season is here and runs until noon Eastern Time on March 25th!  Those selected in the lottery will be notified starting March 31st and USCIS begins accepting full petitions the following day.

We expect USCIS will be as picky as ever when it comes to adjudicating H-1B petitions.  At CCI TheDegreePeople.com we follow USCIS approval trends closely and have found that these three steps are key to an airtight petition:

  1. Make sure all answers are consistent across ALL documents.  This includes the LCA, all H-1B forms, resumes, academic documents, and all information regarding the employer.  Make sure to file EVERYTHING in order.  Make their job easy and you will make it easy for them to approve the visa.
  2. Include an academic credential evaluation to close any gaps between the beneficiary’s education, and a US bachelor’s or higher degree in the EXACT field of the H-1B job.  Even if the beneficiary has the right degree in a related field, this could trigger an RFE.  It must be an exact match to be airtight. 
  3. Include an expert opinion letter that addresses specialty occupation and wage level issues to lend credibility to these H-1B criteria.  This letter must be written by an expert in specialty of the H-1B job with extensive field and leadership experience.  The best expert has made hiring decisions regarding the H-1B position and can identify the skills and knowledge learned through degree attainment apply directly to the duties and responsibilities of the H-1B job.

At CCI TheDegreePeople.com we work with difficult RFEs and Denials every year.  We know how to identify case weaknesses that triggers them, and we know how to strengthen these areas to successfully prevent and overturn them.

Let us review your case before you file FOR FREE.  Visit www.ccifree.com and we will respond in 4 hours or less.

Sheila Danzig

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

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