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Dec 28, 2023

Requests for Evidence (RFEs) for H-1B applicants often arise when the education obtained is from an unaccredited institution.  Although many legitimate institutions lack accreditation for various reasons, such as being new or nontraditional, this can hinder the recognition of the educational value according to U.S. academic standards. For H-1B applicants with degrees from unaccredited colleges, […]

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How to Answer an Education RFE for Unaccredited College

Oct 23, 2023

Education RFEs are common for H-1B applicants.  One of the issues applicants run into is when their education is from an institution that is not accredited.  Many legitimate institutions do not have accreditation for a variety of reasons – they are new, they are newly reopened, they are nontraditional, they are under new ownership, and […]

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Case Study: Specialty Occupation RFE Overturned with Expert Opinion Letter

Oct 10, 2023

In recent years, computer programmers applying for H-1B visa status have run into approval issues.  This is because the position’s entry in the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook states that to be employed in this position the applicant must hold an Associate’s Degree, rather than a Bachelor’s Degree, even though a Bachelor’s Degree educational […]

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Case Study: Education RFE for NO College OVERTURNED

Sep 28, 2023

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. […]

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Case Study: Specialty Occupation Issue Prevented

Sep 6, 2023

Specialty Occupation RFES have become a perennial issue facing H-1B applicants.  At CCI, we answer these RFEs with an expert opinion letter written by an expert in the field of the H-1B job with extensive experience working in the field including making hiring decisions regarding the H-1B position.  We ask our clients to provide […]

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Vocational and Career Colleges Attract Rising Number of International Students

Aug 30, 2023

The secret is out.  Career and vocational colleges offer an affordable alternative to four-year universities and colleges.  These educational paths also offer a streamlined education to employment pipeline, with instructors who are also field professionals and skills training directly applicable to the workforce students will soon enter.  It’s not just US nationals who are making […]

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New Utah State Law Opens Doors for Foreign Professionals to Practice

Aug 24, 2023

On May 3, 2023, Utah State Law SB35 took effect, giving foreign professionals who have earned a range of professional licenses outside of the United States the opportunity to be licensed and practice in the State.  This prevents internationally trained professionals from having to jump through regulatory hoops, repeat education and professional training, take redundant […]

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Case Study: Indian Three-Year Degree Approved for H-1B Visa

Aug 16, 2023

Every year, qualified H-1B beneficiaries with Three-Year Bachelor’s degrees from India are hit with education RFEs.  USCIS requires that H-1B beneficiaries hold a US Bachelor’s degree or higher, which typically takes four years to complete.  While the Indian Three-Year Bachelor’s degree has the same or greater classroom contact hours as the US Four-Year Bachelor’s degree, […]

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Case Study: Incomplete College RFE Overturned!

Jul 31, 2023

There are many educational pathways that lead to skill attainment.  Some of them are entirely academic. Some begin in college and then end in the workplace rather than with degree completion.  Some are entirely experiential.  However, USCIS needs to see the US academic equivalency to circuitous educational journeys. Last year, an H-1B beneficiary came to […]

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