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H-1B Registration Opens in ONE WEEK!

Feb 22, 2022

The countdown has begun.  H-1B registration opens at noon Eastern Time on March 1, 2021 and runs through March 18th at noon Eastern Time.  FY2023 petitioners must file separate registrations for each H-1B employee through the myUSCIS online registration system for a fee of $10 per beneficiary.  If the H-1B cap is met by March […]

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Prevent H-1B Education Issues with the RIGHT Credential Evaluation Agency

Feb 12, 2022

Education issues is a perennial RFE trigger for H-1B beneficiaries.  If the beneficiary’s education is ANYTHING EXCEPT a bachelor’s degree or higher in the exact field of the H-1B job from an accredited US college or university, outright approval is unlikely without including a credential evaluation.  This evaluation must be written uniquely for the situation […]

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Case Study: Nightmare H-1B RFE Overturned!

Feb 3, 2022

Complex H-1B RFEs are not new, and they are not going away.  When USCIS finds one issue with a petition it triggers a closer look to find more – even if there aren’t any there!  That is how too many petitioners end up with multi-issue RFEs.  The Nightmare RFE dredges up so many issues that […]

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FY-2023 H-1B Registration Season is Just Around the Corner

Jan 26, 2022

While exact dates have not been announced, USCIS will begin accepting registrations for cap-subject H-1B visas the first week of March 2022.  Again, this year employers must register each potential H-1B employee for the lottery electronically with a fee of $10 per employee.  Then, USCIS will conduct a randomized lottery, choosing for the 20,000 Master’s […]

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Changing from F-1 to H-1B Status? Challenges and Opportunities

Jan 17, 2022

One of the central purposes of the H-1B visa program is to attract foreign students to US colleges and universities by offering a post-graduate opportunity to stay in the country and work specialty occupations.  The H-1B visa is a visa of dual intent which allows beneficiaries the option to pursue pathways to citizenship if they […]

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H-1B and Employment-Based Visas: What to Expect for 2022

Jan 3, 2022

The word is out!  The United States experienced a record low in population growth over 2021 and the situation is dire.  The United States workforce needs more skilled foreign workers because there are simply not enough American workers to fill the jobs needed to support programs like social security.  Declining birth rates, higher mortality due […]

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A Year in Immigration News: Looking Back on 2021

Dec 28, 2021

This past year has seen some monumental shifts in education and work-based immigration.  As we bring in the New Year, it is important to acknowledge the peculiarities of this year in the world of immigration, and to celebrate the victories we have had in the world of visa approval and immigration reform. The number of […]

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Case Study: the RIGHT Expert and Expert Opinion Letter for H-1B Approval

Dec 7, 2021

Since 2017, specialty occupation H-1B RFEs have become commonplace even for occupations that had never before run into trouble.  Here is why: In terms of H-1B eligibility, the beneficiary must work in a specialty occupation and so the burden of proof is on the petitioner to show that the H-1B job meets one of the […]

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Case Study: Second Round H-1B Specialty Occupation RFE Overturned

Dec 1, 2021

At CCI we work with difficult cases every year.  It is not uncommon for one RFE to trigger another, leading to as many as three rounds of RFEs before the H-1B visa is approved.  In this case, our client came to us with their second RFE.  The first was for a wage level issue, […]

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