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  • Article: 3 Tips to Avoiding an RFE on Your H-1b Petition. By Sheila Danzig

    3 Tips to Avoiding an RFE on Your H-1b Petition


    RFE responses to H-1b petitions have skyrocketed in the past decade. Now, around 25% of all H-1b petitions are met with a request for evidence. While itís unclear what exactly has triggered this RFE epidemic, one big reason is likely the massive influx of H-1b petitions for the same number of annual visas issued. In less than one week of accepting petitions, the USCIS is flooded with hundreds of thousands more petitions than visa slots available. They are forced to do what they can to make the best decisions possible and to cut the workload of reviewing the huge pile of visa petitions.

    One downside to the need to streamline the approval process as much as possible is that now RFEís are seen as red flags rather than a second chance. While this is not always the case, itís become a trend that petitions initially met with RFE responses raise red flags, which make it easier for USCIS workers to do their jobs. That means to get the best shot at approval, you need to avoid getting an RFE response, and that means you have to go the extra step to make the job of the USCIS worker reviewing your visa easier so they donít have to streamline the process themselves and issue an RFE. If you can make reading your visa petition an easy and enjoyable experience, you boost your chances of getting it approved immensely.

    Here are three ways you can make it easy for the USICS to approve your visa:

    1. Use blue ink to sign everything. This simple choice will make it clear which signatures are your original signatures and which ones are photocopied. You will be submitting original documents, copies or original documents, and new documents in your petition packet. Making all of your new signatures in blue ink is a quick and easy way to make it clear which signatures are new.
    2. Include an evaluation of your academic credentials if they are from a different country. So many RFEís are issued because petitioners didnít take the necessary step of getting their degree from a different country translated into US value. If your degree is from a different country, donít make the mistake of submitting your petition without also submitting a credential evaluation. You donít need that red flag.
    3. Triple-check for consistent answers. Youíll be submitting a lot of forms, applications, documents, and copies of documents in your petition filled out by both you and your employer. Itís a big red flag if your answers are inconsistent from one document to the next. Triple-check to make sure your answers and timeframes are consistent throughout your packet before submitting.

    Remember, itís a person who will be reviewing your petition. A person who is overworked and has been staring and H-1b petitions for weeks. Give them a break and theyíll give you one too.

    Reprinted with permission.

    About The Author

    Sheila Danzig is the director of Career Consulting International at the www.TheDegreePeople.com, a foreign credential evaluation agency. CCI specializes in difficult cases and RFEs, Denials, NOIDs, 3 year degrees etc. and offer free review of all H1B, E2, I140 education at http://www.ccifree.com/?CodeILART/ or call us at 1.800.771.4723 ext. 15

    The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.

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