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Unique H-1B Issues that Face IT Consulting Firms this RFE Season

May 31, 2019

Unique H-1B Issues that Face IT Consulting Firms this RFE Season Recently a lawsuit was filed against USCIS by ITServe Alliance.  This is a organization of US IT service companies that had previously petitioned USCIS against new changes to H-1B adjudication rules.  The new rules state that for IT consulting companies that contract H-1B employees […]

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What to Expect and When to Expect it this H-1B Adjudication Season

May 20, 2019

What to Expect and When to Expect it this H-1B Adjudication Season USCIS has completed selecting the 85,000 H-1B petitions to be adjudicated for approval for cap-subject petitions for FY 2020. Those selected that filed for premium processing may begin receiving notice this week as to their approval status with the anticipated date of completion […]

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Common H-1B Issues to Anticipate this Adjudication Season

May 9, 2019

Common H-1B Issues to Anticipate this Adjudication Season In the next few months, H-1B petitioners and beneficiaries will find out if their petitions have been selected in the lottery, and accepted for approval. We predict this year will follow the trend of the previous few years with an increase in H-1B issues that block beneficiaries […]

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H-1B Adjudication Season: What to Expect, How to Prepare

May 2, 2019

H-1B Adjudication Season: What to Expect, How to Prepare With H-1B filing season over and the lottery completed on April 11th, 2019, it is now time to wait – and to prepare. USCIS notifies those who have been selected in the H-1B lottery first, and premium processing cases are expected to be alerted that they […]

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Ready Plan B Before H-1B RFE Season Begins

Apr 30, 2019

Ready Plan B Before H-1B RFE Season Begins On April 11th, USCIS completed the H-1B lottery.  This year, 201,011 H-1B cap subject petitions were filed from April 1st to April 5th.  That’s about 11,000 more petitions than last season.  This year, H-1B candidates with advanced degrees of a US Master’s degree or higher had a […]

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What Makes an H-1B Job a Specialty Occupation?

Apr 25, 2019

What Makes an H-1B Job a Specialty Occupation? Over the past few years, H-1B cap-subject petitions have received record-breaking rates of RFEs for Specialty Occupation.  Many of these RFEs struck occupations that had never been called into question before. USCIS visa approval trends change every year, and often the RFEs issued are virtually unanswerable by […]

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Case Study: Specialty Occupation RFE Overturned with Some Expert Opinion Letters but not Others

Apr 15, 2019

Case Study: Specialty Occupation RFE Overturned with Some Expert Opinion Letters but not Others The Specialty Occupation RFE has become the new nightmare facing H-1B beneficiaries, their sponsors, and their lawyers.  They can be answered successfully with the inclusion of an expert opinion letter, but this does not always work. There are two reasons why: […]

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International Student Enrollment Critical to the Survival of Community Colleges in the United States

Apr 9, 2019

International Student Enrollment Critical to the Survival of Community Colleges in the United States We recently wrote a press release regarding the alarming drop in enrollment in community colleges across the country due to dropping high school graduation rates and the low unemployment rate. At the same time, community colleges that make it easy for […]

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H-1B Specialty Occupation Survival Guide for the FY2020 Lottery

Mar 27, 2019

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