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Who is the Most Overlooked Member of the Visa Petition Team? The Paralegal!

Jul 26, 2021

A successful visa petition takes a team effort.  The beneficiary, the employer, and the immigration lawyer all have important rules to play.  Who is the team member that gets often overlooked but performs many of the vital roles?  The paralegal. The bones of a successful petition are ensuring the required forms are submitted in order […]

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Solutions for Complex H-1B RFEs from the Experts

Jul 21, 2021

At CCI we work with difficult RFEs every year.  These are RFEs that call more than one aspect of the petition into question.  On the simple end, it is wage level and specialty occupation rolled into one complicated issue.  On the other end is the Nightmare RFE that is nearly impossible to answer by […]

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Clean Up Last Year’s H-1B Petition: USCIS Announces a Chance to Re-File for FY2022

Jul 14, 2021

If your H-1B petition wasn’t selected for FY2021, you may have another shot.  On June 23, 2021, USCIS announced that it will allow resubmission of certain cap-subject FY2021 petitions before October 1, 2021.  USCIS stated, “If your FY2021 petition was rejected or administratively closed solely because your petition was based on a registration submitted during […]

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5 Red Flags to Fix in Your H-1B Petition to Prevent an Education RFE

Jun 29, 2021

Education RFEs may be the most consistently common H-1B RFEs over the past decade.  H-1B eligibility requires beneficiaries to hold a US bachelor’s degree or higher or its equivalent in the field of the H-1B job.  While employers routinely hire employees with degrees in related fields with work experience in the field of the H-1B […]

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H-1B RFE: Who Dropped the Ball?

Jun 13, 2021

If an RFE arrives instead of approval, that means your H-1B petition did not make the clear case that they job, the employer, and the beneficiary met eligibility requirements.  Someone dropped the ball.  The key to answering this RFE is to find out who it was – not to place blame, but to get the […]

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H-1B Support: How to Answer the Double RFE

Jun 9, 2021

Specialty occupation and wage level issues have become a scourge for H-1B applicants.  Over the past few years, USCIS has changed the way it adjudicates the specialty occupation requirement.  This year the wage level component has become a heated legal issue with the AILA representing five tech and medical nonprofits suing the Biden Administration to […]

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Common Education H-1B RFEs and How to Prevent Them

Jun 2, 2021

To be eligible for H-1B status, a beneficiary must hold a US bachelor’s degree or higher or its equivalent in the field of the H-1B job.  Beneficiaries run into education issues when the beneficiary does not have the required US degree in the exact field of the H-1B job and does not clearly show USCIS […]

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Biden Administration Sued Over Wage Level Final Rule

May 26, 2021

Five tech and medical nonprofits represented by the American Immigration Lawyers Association are suing the Biden Administration in an effort to block the wage level preference final rule from going into law December 31st, 2021. The lawsuit filed in a Washington, DC US District Court stated: “It will have a deleterious impact on small businesses, […]

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RFE Alert: How to Answer the Double H-1B RFE

May 19, 2021

The fight against the proposed final rule that would give preference to H-1B applicants with the highest wages is heating up.  The American Immigration Lawyer’s Association is representing five nonprofits from tech and medical industries to sue the Biden Administration to block this rule from being finalized.  What does that mean for those filing H-1B […]

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