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Case Study: Education RFE for NO College OVERTURNED

The first of FY2024 is coming up fast, and that means the last rounds of RFEs are in full swing.  Education RFEs are common hangups for H-1B candidates because pathways through education are as varied as there are beneficiaries.  One education issue that may seem insurmountable is when a beneficiary has absolutely no college education.  A minimum US bachelor’s degree or its equivalent is required for eligibility.  Our client came to us with no college, a job offer, and an education RFE.  He had been hired because his skill and experience were undeniable.  While his employer didn’t need any more convincing, USCIS did.

Here’s how we helped him overturn this RFE: PROGRESSIVE WORK EXPERIENCE!

At CCI we work with professors authorized to grant college credit for work experience.  They assist in writing credential evaluations that clearly show the academic value equivalent of education attained on the job.  Progressive work experience occurs when attainment of skills and knowledge that would be taught in an academic setting occurred on the job.  This is evidenced by promotions, taking on more responsibility, and taking on roles and tasks that require progressively greater specialized skills and understanding. 

USCIS accepts that three years of progressive work experience is the equivalent of one year of college credit in that major.  Granted, this takes a LOT of work experience.  Fortunately, our client had twelve years of progressive work experience in the field of the H-1B job.  We were able to write a credential evaluation that included a work experience conversion clearly showing that he had attained the academic value equivalency of a bachelor’s degree on the job through his 12 years of progressive work experience.  His visa was approved and he got to work just in time.

If you, or if your employee or client is facing an education RFE, we can help! We work with the broad range of education issues and boast a sustained over 90% success rate in answering even the most complex RFEs.  We offer affordable rush delivery options, which we recommend as we approach the start of FY2024.  It’s time to crush those RFEs and get to work on time. 

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Sheila Danzig

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

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