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Avoid the Double RFE in One Extra Preventative Step

Feb 19, 2020

H-1B visa registration for the 2021 fiscal year begins in just over a week.  Sponsors must submit their employee’s electronic registration between March 1st and March 20th to be eligible for the H-1B lottery. While it may be tempting to wait until you hear back from USCIS to get started on the complete petition, being […]

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How to Beat the Triple Threat H-1B RFE

Feb 8, 2020

What happens when you, or when your employee or client receives an H-1B RFE that calls into question the wage level, the specialty occupation, and the H-1B employee’s education?  This Triple Threat RFE is virtually impossible to answer within the time constraints by its own guidelines set forth in the RFE. Coming up on this […]

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What Does MARCH Mean for H-1B Applicants and Their Sponsors?

Jan 24, 2020

The H-1B cap-subject application timeline has shifted for the FY2021 petition season starting this Spring.  On March 1st, electronic application opens and H-1B sponsors must register all potential H-1B workers electronically.  Registration will be open until March 20th and if the number of applicants exceeds the number of annual H-1B visas available – which we […]

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The New H-1B 2021 Application Process: Predictions and Preventions

Jan 14, 2020

This year, the H-1B cap-subject petition process will be a two-tiered approach.  Employers will first register H-1B employees electronically in March.  The lottery will then be conducted electronically, and applicants selected will then have 90 days to file their complete H-1B petition. The electronic registration will take place from March 1st to March 20th, 2020, […]

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How to Get Your H-1B Employee on the Job by October 1, 2020

Jan 5, 2020

Employers fear that the new H-1B application process may cause H-1B employees to not be able to begin work on their start date of October 1, 2020, the first day of the fiscal year. This year, significant changes to the H-1B cap-subject application process will go into effect.  In years previous, the entire H-1B petition […]

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What Goes into APPROVED Expert Opinion Letters?

Dec 30, 2019

Over the past few years of Specialty Occupation RFEs, at CCI we have found that the most successful means of preventing and answering these RFEs is with an expert opinion letter.  Understanding what the finished product looks like is helpful to understanding what you need to find and provide on the front end.  You […]

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H-1B Wage Level Issues to Anticipate this Filing Season

Dec 23, 2019

One of the most common RFEs H-1B applicants have faced over the past few years is the wage level issue RFE.  Beneficiaries working at wage level one are particularly at risk for this RFE because USCIS assumes that this indicates the position is entry level, and in some cases this call into question whether the […]

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How to Prevent Employment and Specialty Occupation Issues this H-1B Cap Season

Dec 16, 2019

USCIS just announced that submissions to be entered into the electronic H-1B lottery will take place between March 1st and March 20th, 2020.  The submission fee is $10, and a completed petition is not required. Applicants selected will have 90 days to complete the filing. If you, or if your employee or client is selected […]

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Changes to the H-1B Application Process You Need to Know About

Dec 12, 2019

USCIS has announced that starting in 2020, H-1B petitions will be filed in a new electronic manner that streamlines the process. Between March 1st and March 20th, 2020, employers must register online to submit H-1B employees’ names into a lottery.  Through an electronic selection process, beneficiaries chosen will be given a registration number, through which […]

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