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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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Answering Difficult H-1B RFEs in Three Simple Steps

May 10, 2021

Every year, H-1B applicants file completed petitions only to receive an RFE…with EVERYTHING in it.  Complex RFEs that take issue than more than one requirement area have become increasingly common over the past decade and are expected to continue to arrive.  It may seem like you have to rewrite the petition from scratch to meet […]

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How to Pick the Right Expert for Your H-1B Petition

May 6, 2021

Specialty occupation issues are likely to be a common RFE trigger again this H-1B filing season.  These issues arise when the beneficiary’s job does not ALWAYS require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or higher according to its entry in the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.  Even if the position normally requires this […]

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Catch the Red Flags in Your H-1B Petition Before USCIS Does

Apr 25, 2021

Over the better part of the past decade the rate of H-1B RFEs – including complex RFEs like the Triple Threat and the Nightmare – have been high.  At CCI TheDegreePeople.com we work with difficult cases and RFEs every year and have identified red flags that USCIS adjudicators are looking for to issue RFEs.  The […]

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The H-1B Lottery is Over – Time to File!

Apr 18, 2021

USCIS completed the randomized H-1B cap-subject lottery, selecting enough registrations to meet the 65,000 regular cap and the 20,000 advanced degree cap.  Selection status can be accessed through the registrant’s myUSCIS account.  If selected, it will say “selected.” If the petition has been accepted but not selected in the lottery, it will say “submitted.”  Registrations […]

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