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How to Check Your H-1B Case Status with USCIS

Nov 17, 2021

Unsure of your H-1B petition status?  Does it seem like processing time is dragging?  Has your address or other contact information changed since the time of filing leave you concerned that maybe you missed something?  You can get peace of mind by checking your case status online through the USCIS Case Status Online portal. Here […]

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H-1B RFE Alert: What to do if the degree does not match the job

Nov 8, 2021

One recurring education issue facing H-1B beneficiaries is when they have the required degree but in a field that is not an exact match for the H-1B job.  H-1B eligibility requirements state that the beneficiary must hold a minimum of a US bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a field related to the H-1B job.  […]

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Beat Complex H-1B RFEs and Get to Work on Time

Nov 5, 2021

While the rate of H-1B RFEs has dropped, applicants selected in the second round of this year’s H-1B lottery are seeing a rise in the RFEs instead of outright visa approval.  The start of FY 2022 has come and gone, and RFEs further delay employee start dates, especially if round two arrives. At CCI […]

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H-1B Denial Rates Plummet for 2021 First & Second Quarters

Oct 19, 2021

The numbers are in!  The National Foundation for American Policy reports that the Denial rate for new H-1B petitions for the first two quarters of 2021 is 7.1%.  This is down from 28.6% for the first two quarters of 2020.  However, this does NOT mean we can relax.  USCIS approval trends are still far stricter […]

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H-1B Options for Beneficiaries with the Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree

Oct 12, 2021

For nearly the past decade, H-1B beneficiaries who earned their degree outside of the United States in an educational system with a three-year bachelor’s degree program have run into trouble.  Those holding Indian three-year bachelor’s degrees are hit the hardest and most consistently.  Even though there are equal if not more classroom contact hours in […]

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Specialty Occupation + Wage Level: How to Beat the Double H-1B RFE

Oct 6, 2021

This year, the H-1B lottery held two rounds to fill all 85,000 visa slots, regular and advanced degree caps.  That means those selected in round two are knee-deep in RFE season.  The Double RFE, which takes issue with both the occupation and the wage level is common amongst complex RFEs and is based on two […]

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H-1B RFE Prevention for Computer Programmers

Oct 1, 2021

RFE rates have been tough on H-1B beneficiaries hired to the position of computer programmer, particularly if they are making level one wages.  This trend began several years ago when USCIS stopped approving H-1B visas outright for jobs that normally but not ALWAYS required a bachelor’s degree as a minimum educational requirement.  This hit programmers […]

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H-1B Lottery-Based Selection System Preserved in U.S. District Court Ruling

Sep 22, 2021

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California vacated the DHS Final Rule, “Modification of Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions” on September 15th, in the case Chamber of Commerce, et al., v. DHS, et al.  This final rule, put forth under the Trump administration on January 8, 2021, […]

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Progressive Work Experience: the Key to Solving H-1B Education Issues

Sep 14, 2021

Issues regarding education is a perennial problem H-1B beneficiaries face when it comes time to file.  This is because there are many educational pathways that highly skilled workers take to acquire the specialized knowledge and skill sets that their employers hire them for.   If the educational pathway is anything but a US bachelor’s degree or […]

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