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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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Case Study: Double RFE Resolved with Expert Opinion Letter

Jul 19, 2023

The most common RFE reported by H-1B applicants has been Specialty Occupation issues.  However, this issue often arrives in tandem with Wage Level issues, creating the Double RFE.  Applicants for computer programmer jobs, entry level positions, and those making level one wages are at highest risk of this complex RFE. Here’s how it works: USCIS […]

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Best Practices for Answering Complex H-1B RFEs

Jul 12, 2023

Complex RFEs occur when USCIS finds one red flag in an H-1B petition, triggering a deeper scrutiny of the case.  This is when the chaos of USCIS approval trends kicks in and wreaks havoc on an otherwise unremarkable petition.  Instead of approval, or even a simple RFE, applicants are met with an RFE that calls […]

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Why is “Collusion” the New H-1B RFE?

Jun 19, 2023

This is the second year of USCIS’ new two-step H-1B visa application process, and USCIS discovered a major issue.  Over 400 duplicate registrations were discovered in this year’s H-1B lottery.  This is when multiple employers file H-1B registrations for the same beneficiary for the same position.  In some cases, companies worked together to improve the […]

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Five Red Flags You’ve Found the WRONG Credential Evaluator

Jun 7, 2023

The best way to prevent or address education issue RFEs for H-1B petition filing is to include a credential evaluation that closes any gaps between the education the beneficiary has and the education USCIS will approve.  If any of the following situations apply to your case, you need a credential evaluation: An effective credential evaluation […]

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