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WHO is the Right Expert for Your H-1B Expert Opinion Letter?

Dec 3, 2019

Expert opinion letters have meant the difference between rejection and approval since USCIS adjudication practices surrounding various aspects of H-1B eligibility have changed. An expert opinion letter can address wage level issues, specialty occupation issues, and employer-employee relationship issues, and your expert opinion letter ought to address all three in one.  However, even the right […]

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How Might New Immigration Regulations Impact the H-1B Program?

Nov 29, 2019

The past few years have not been easy on the H-1B program.  Now, over the next few months, new regulations surrounding immigration to the United States will be introduced that will continue to impact H-1B beneficiaries, the employers that hire them, and the lawyers who represent them.  Next month, December 2019, DHS announced they will […]

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H-1B Specialty Occupation RFEs 101: Back to the Basics, and Forward

Nov 17, 2019

The Specialty Occupation RFE has become the scourge of H-1B hopefuls and their teams, and they are impacting occupations that had never been called into question before 2017.  With the high rate of H-1B RFEs, it is important to understand what Specialty Occupation means, how the burden of proof as shifted in the past few […]

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3 Tips for Answering H-1B RFEs for IT Professionals

Nov 7, 2019

IT professionals have been hit the hardest by current USCIS policy changes to restrict the H-1B program without statutory basis.  In 2015, the Denial rate for H-1B petitions was just 6%.  This year, that number has reached 24% across industries, but IT companies have been hit the hardest. Twelve IT companies that saw Denial rates […]

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How to Beat the Statistics Despite Rising H-1B Denial Rates

Nov 3, 2019

Following the Trump Administration’s “Buy American and Hire American” policy, USCIS declassified documents show that approval standards for H-1B visas have changed without statutory basis.  This has led to a massive spike in RFEs and Denials for H-1B petitions – both for initial filings, and for H-1B extensions for cases that had previously been approved. […]

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How to Answer an H-1B RFE that USCIS Adjudicated Wrong

Oct 24, 2019

With the rising rate of H-1B denials being overturned in appeals and recently declassified USCIS memos that clearly showed restrictions to H-1B approval without legal basis, it is clear that USCIS is issuing RFEs for approvable petitions. H-1B extension petitions for the same jobs, beneficiaries, and petitioners that have already been approved are getting RFEs […]

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How to Answer a Double H-1B RFE and Prevent Round Two in Just One Response

Oct 14, 2019

When USCIS finds a problem with your petition, or with your client or employee’s H-1B petition, more and more often they are finding something wrong with your response.  The second round of H-1B RFEs hit H-1B hopefuls harder than ever and like a ton of bricks last H-1B season, and this year is equally bad. […]

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Two Steps to the Expert Opinion Letter that will Overturn an H-1B Specialty Occupation RFE

Oct 2, 2019

At CCI TheDegreePeople.com we work with difficult H-1B RFEs every year, and over the past two years, we have seen a disproportionate number of specialty occupation RFEs for jobs that have never before been called into question.  This RFE and Denial trend was recently confirmed by the declassification of USCIS documents that fundamentally increased the […]

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Declassified USCIS Documents Show Illegal Restriction of H-1B Visas Since 2017

Sep 24, 2019

The American Immigration Lawyers Association released USCIS documents following the settlement of a FOIA lawsuit that confirm their suspicions that USCIS has been limiting H-1B visas without legal precedent. The USCIS documents made public are “H-1B RFE Standards” from March 23, 2017, and “H-1B AC21 Denial Standards, from July 17, 2017.  These changes followed the […]

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