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H-1B RFE Support: How to Write the Response to Make the Cut for Visa Approval

Sep 18, 2019

The rate of H-1B petitions receiving an RFE instead of outright approval has skyrocketed to 60%.  That means if you, or your employee or client filed an H-1B petition back in April and made the lottery, they most likely received an RFE.  Of those 60% who received RFEs, just 60% of those RFEs are overturned […]

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Specialty Occupation RFE Solutions Amidst Changing H-1B Approval Trends

Aug 26, 2019

Over the past three H-1B cap-subject seasons, we have seen an unprecedented rise in specialty occupation RFEs calling jobs into question that had never run into trouble before.  This trend is echoed across the entire H-1B visa program, with overall approval rates plummeting from over 80% in 2015 to around 60% for FY2019.  USICS approval […]

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How to Fight the H-1B Specialty Occupation RFE and Why it’s Important

Aug 19, 2019

How to Fight the H-1B Specialty Occupation RFE and Why it’s Important Over the past two years, H-1B jobs that had previously been approved as specialty occupations – such as electrical engineer or computer programmer – are now receiving RFEs as responses to initial petitions instead of approval.  This is because USCIS has raised its […]

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H-1B Employer Data Hub Proves USCIS is Restricting H-1B Visas without Regulation

Aug 14, 2019

Over the past two years, lawyers, employers, and H-1B beneficiaries have suspected USCIS raised its standard of proof for H-1B visa approval without any new law, regulation, or notice to the public.  This was evidenced anecdotally with jobs that had never before been called into question for meeting H-1B specialty occupation requirements suddenly being hit […]

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Case Study: Specialty Occupation RFE for Engineer Successfully Answered

Aug 12, 2019

The numbers show that the same specialty occupations approved for H-1B visas just a few years ago are now being called into question.  According to Forbes, in FY2017 only 3% of H-1B extension petitions were denied.  These petitions are for beneficiaries whose H-1B visas were previously approved.  Then, in FY2018, the denial rate more than […]

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RFE Season is Rolling in with MORE Specialty Occupation RFEs

Jul 25, 2019

RFE Season is Rolling in with MORE Specialty Occupation RFEs Every year, a higher percentage of H-1B beneficiaries selected in the lottery receive an RFE this time of year instead of outright visa approval.  If you, or if your employee or client received an H-1B RFE this year, there is a high probability that is […]

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Case Study: The Right Credential Evaluation to Overturn an H-1B RFE

Jul 16, 2019

Case Study: The Right Credential Evaluation to Overturn an H-1B RFE During H-1B RFE season, we have beneficiaries come to us every year with education RFEs.  We always tell our readers to NEVER submit a petition without a credential evaluation IF the education is incomplete, in a different degree than the field of the H-1B […]

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Case Study: Indian Three-Year Degree H-1B RFE Overturned!

Jun 27, 2019

Case Study: Indian Three-Year Degree H-1B RFE Overturned! A recurring RFE we see every year with H-1B candidates is the education RFE for the Indian three-year bachelor’s degree.  Candidates who do not submit credential evaluations that account for the missing fourth year of education with their initial petition get RFEs about it this time of […]

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Case Study: RFE for Wrong Degree Specialization Overturned!

Jun 19, 2019

Case Study: RFE for Wrong Degree Specialization Overturned! USCIS and employers have a different idea of what qualified an H-1B employee for their specialty occupation.  It is commonplace for employers to hire a candidate with a degree in a field related to the position, given they have proper work experience to master the specialized skills […]

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