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RFE Alert: How to Prevent or Answer a Double RFE

Jun 29, 2020

When USCIS finds one issue in an H-1B petition, they tend to find more.  That’s because an RFE issue raises a red flag that triggers a close scrutiny of the rest of the petition.  The most common Double RFE we see is the Specialty Occupation + Wage Level Issue RFE. In this case, Wage Level […]

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RFE Alert: How to Prevent and Answer the Nightmare RFE

Jun 25, 2020

When USCIS finds one problem with an H-1B petition, they usually find more.  One RFE issue opens the door for close scrutiny of the entire case, and that is how we get situations like the Nightmare RFE. This RFE is virtually impossible to answer by its own guidelines in the given timeframe and includes absolutely […]

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RFE Alert: How to Avoid or Answer a 3-Year Degree H-1B RFE

Jun 24, 2020

While specialty occupation, wage level, and employer-employee issue RFEs have been all the rage since 2017, the classic 3-Year Degree H-1B RFE has not gone away.  H-1B beneficiaries with 3-year bachelor’s degrees earned outside of the United States consistently receive RFEs and Denials for the missing fourth year of college.  Even though the Indian 3-year […]

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H-1B RFE Rates Rise Again – Along with Approval Rates

Jun 15, 2020

The second quarter of FY2020 brought a slight increase in H-1B RFE rates to 35.8%, which is up 0.5% from FY2019’s second quarter.  By the same comparison, H-1B approval rate jumped up 4% to 87.1%.  The rate of approval following an RFE is 68.2%, which may seem low, but is a 10% increase from this […]

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RFE? The Best Way to Beat an H-1B RFE is to Avoid an RFE

Jun 1, 2020

Is studying for a test cheating?  No!  Is editing a book necessary?  Always!  Same goes for an H-1B petition.  Reviewing the case for potential adjudication problems is an essential step to preventing an RFE.  RFEs are time consuming, costly, and can lead to a second or third round of RFEs, delaying the work start date […]

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CCI Providing FREE Document Evaluations for Foreign Essential Workers and First Responders for the Month of June

May 20, 2020

The mad rush to file work visas is here, and to help essential workers and first responders get on the job in haste we are offering free document evaluations for those with a foreign degree.   An estimated 6 million immigrants already work essential jobs and immigrants make up one-sixth of the overall US health […]

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Green Cards for Nurses and Physicians: The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act is Poised to Expedite Processing

May 19, 2020

The United States healthcare system had been experiencing a severe shortage of registered nurses and primary care physicians long before the COVID-19 crisis.  At the same time, hundreds of thousands of foreign nurses and doctors who want to work in the United States are prevented from doing so by long green card processing periods that […]

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COVID-19 H-1B Visa Concerns: Crisis Q&A

May 13, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak caused unemployment in the United States to jump to 14.7%, with 20.5 million people losing jobs in just the month of April.  With businesses closing left and right, international travel banned and restricted for many countries, and the new 60-day Green Card ban that began April 23rd, many H-1B and I-140 employees […]

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Can Foreign Students and Workers Send Mistaken Stimulus Payments Back?

May 11, 2020

With millions of American residents receiving $1200 stimulus checks, and millions more still waiting, thousands of foreign students and workers who filed taxes for 2018 or 2019 are receiving theirs – by accident.  And they don’t know what to do about it. A survey of over 500 US universities at the end of April found […]

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