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Over 290,000 Employment-Based Green Cards will be Available for FY 2022

Aug 18, 2021

In a normal year, there are 140,000 Employment-Based Green Cards available.  However, 2020 was not a normal year and over 150,000 relatives of US citizens and green card holders were unable to immigrate because US Embassies abroad were closed due to the pandemic.  Ever year, there is a 226,000 family-based green card quota.  If this […]

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USCIS Accepting Resubmission of Petitions from FY2021 – Do You Qualify?

Aug 10, 2021

If your H-1B application for FY2021 was rejected, you may get a second chance to file.  USCIS is now accepting petitions from last year that were rejected because the start date was LATER THAN October 1, 2020.  Why is USCIS doing this?  Last year, under the new two-step application process and the general uncertainties of […]

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How Computer Programmers Applying for H-1B Visa Status Can Prevent Specialty Occupation Issues

Aug 6, 2021

According to Forbes, about two-thirds of annual H-1B cap-subject visas are awarded to beneficiaries in computer occupations.  As of June 2021, there were over 1 million computer positions actively vacant.  However, H-1B applicants working as computer programmers have been hit the hardest by specialty occupation issues in their petitions. A few years back, a H-1B […]

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No College? No Problem! How to Prevent an H-1B Education RFE

Aug 4, 2021

Brilliant, highly skilled professionals often take non-traditional pathways through education combining work experience with formal training.  Sometimes all of the education takes place on the job.  The question is, how do you explain this to USCIS in your H-1B visa petition? The answer is that you must show the US academic value of the work […]

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Who is the Most Overlooked Member of the Visa Petition Team? The Paralegal!

Jul 26, 2021

A successful visa petition takes a team effort.  The beneficiary, the employer, and the immigration lawyer all have important rules to play.  Who is the team member that gets often overlooked but performs many of the vital roles?  The paralegal. The bones of a successful petition are ensuring the required forms are submitted in order […]

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Solutions for Complex H-1B RFEs from the Experts

Jul 21, 2021

At CCI we work with difficult RFEs every year.  These are RFEs that call more than one aspect of the petition into question.  On the simple end, it is wage level and specialty occupation rolled into one complicated issue.  On the other end is the Nightmare RFE that is nearly impossible to answer by […]

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Clean Up Last Year’s H-1B Petition: USCIS Announces a Chance to Re-File for FY2022

Jul 14, 2021

If your H-1B petition wasn’t selected for FY2021, you may have another shot.  On June 23, 2021, USCIS announced that it will allow resubmission of certain cap-subject FY2021 petitions before October 1, 2021.  USCIS stated, “If your FY2021 petition was rejected or administratively closed solely because your petition was based on a registration submitted during […]

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5 Red Flags to Fix in Your H-1B Petition to Prevent an Education RFE

Jun 29, 2021

Education RFEs may be the most consistently common H-1B RFEs over the past decade.  H-1B eligibility requires beneficiaries to hold a US bachelor’s degree or higher or its equivalent in the field of the H-1B job.  While employers routinely hire employees with degrees in related fields with work experience in the field of the H-1B […]

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H-1B RFE: Who Dropped the Ball?

Jun 13, 2021

If an RFE arrives instead of approval, that means your H-1B petition did not make the clear case that they job, the employer, and the beneficiary met eligibility requirements.  Someone dropped the ball.  The key to answering this RFE is to find out who it was – not to place blame, but to get the […]

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