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3 Tips for Answering H-1B RFEs for IT Professionals

Nov 7, 2019

IT professionals have been hit the hardest by current USCIS policy changes to restrict the H-1B program without statutory basis.  In 2015, the Denial rate for H-1B petitions was just 6%.  This year, that number has reached 24% across industries, but IT companies have been hit the hardest. Twelve IT companies that saw Denial rates […]

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How to Beat the Statistics Despite Rising H-1B Denial Rates

Nov 3, 2019

Following the Trump Administration’s “Buy American and Hire American” policy, USCIS declassified documents show that approval standards for H-1B visas have changed without statutory basis.  This has led to a massive spike in RFEs and Denials for H-1B petitions – both for initial filings, and for H-1B extensions for cases that had previously been approved. […]

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How to Answer an H-1B RFE that USCIS Adjudicated Wrong

Oct 24, 2019

With the rising rate of H-1B denials being overturned in appeals and recently declassified USCIS memos that clearly showed restrictions to H-1B approval without legal basis, it is clear that USCIS is issuing RFEs for approvable petitions. H-1B extension petitions for the same jobs, beneficiaries, and petitioners that have already been approved are getting RFEs […]

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How to Answer a Double H-1B RFE and Prevent Round Two in Just One Response

Oct 14, 2019

When USCIS finds a problem with your petition, or with your client or employee’s H-1B petition, more and more often they are finding something wrong with your response.  The second round of H-1B RFEs hit H-1B hopefuls harder than ever and like a ton of bricks last H-1B season, and this year is equally bad. […]

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Two Steps to the Expert Opinion Letter that will Overturn an H-1B Specialty Occupation RFE

Oct 2, 2019

At CCI we work with difficult H-1B RFEs every year, and over the past two years, we have seen a disproportionate number of specialty occupation RFEs for jobs that have never before been called into question.  This RFE and Denial trend was recently confirmed by the declassification of USCIS documents that fundamentally increased the […]

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Declassified USCIS Documents Show Illegal Restriction of H-1B Visas Since 2017

Sep 24, 2019

The American Immigration Lawyers Association released USCIS documents following the settlement of a FOIA lawsuit that confirm their suspicions that USCIS has been limiting H-1B visas without legal precedent. The USCIS documents made public are “H-1B RFE Standards” from March 23, 2017, and “H-1B AC21 Denial Standards, from July 17, 2017.  These changes followed the […]

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H-1B RFE Support: How to Write the Response to Make the Cut for Visa Approval

Sep 18, 2019

The rate of H-1B petitions receiving an RFE instead of outright approval has skyrocketed to 60%.  That means if you, or your employee or client filed an H-1B petition back in April and made the lottery, they most likely received an RFE.  Of those 60% who received RFEs, just 60% of those RFEs are overturned […]

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Specialty Occupation RFE Solutions Amidst Changing H-1B Approval Trends

Aug 26, 2019

Over the past three H-1B cap-subject seasons, we have seen an unprecedented rise in specialty occupation RFEs calling jobs into question that had never run into trouble before.  This trend is echoed across the entire H-1B visa program, with overall approval rates plummeting from over 80% in 2015 to around 60% for FY2019.  USICS approval […]

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How to Fight the H-1B Specialty Occupation RFE and Why it’s Important

Aug 19, 2019

How to Fight the H-1B Specialty Occupation RFE and Why it’s Important Over the past two years, H-1B jobs that had previously been approved as specialty occupations – such as electrical engineer or computer programmer – are now receiving RFEs as responses to initial petitions instead of approval.  This is because USCIS has raised its […]

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