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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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The Secret to Successfully Answering an H-1B Nightmare RFE

May 11, 2020

The notorious Nightmare RFE has been becoming more and more commonplace over the past few years as USCIS has been caught arbitrarily not approving H-1B visa petitions.  These RFEs find issue with virtually everything about the petition – the job, the education, the employer-employee relationship, the wage level, and sometimes even more.  By its own […]

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Answer a Specialty Occupation RFE in Two Steps

Apr 30, 2020

USCIS has been illegally denying and issuing RFEs for H-1B visa petitions for jobs that actually do meet specialty occupation criteria.  Earlier this year, three federal judges overturned USCIS decisions to reject visas based on specialty occupation issues that were actually fabricated from their own “arbitrary and capricious” adjudication. Here’s the issue: To qualify as […]

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H-1B RFEs are Here and So are We!

Apr 20, 2020

H-1B beneficiaries selected in the lottery for cap-subject visas have been notified!  If you, or if your employee or client was selected, you have 90 days from notification to file the completed H-1B petition.  When it comes to USCIS, 90 days is shorter than you think, especially with record numbers of RFEs, second and third […]

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