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Thread: Article: Level 1 Wages RFE: Problems, Solutions, and Misconceptions By Sheila Danzig

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    Article: Level 1 Wages RFE: Problems, Solutions, and Misconceptions

    Level 1 Wages RFE: Problems, Solutions, and Misconceptions


    This year, CIS slammed H1B candidates with a new RFE none of us
    anticipated: Level 1 Wages RFE. This RFE targets computer programmers
    working at Wage Level 1 claiming that employers will hire entry level
    programmers with only a US Associates degree as a minimum requirement.

    Since the H1B visa is for employees with a US Bachelors degree or its
    foreign equivalent or higher, CIS claims these programmers don't meet
    educational requirements, and the job itself doesn't meet these
    requirements either.

    The main problems with this RFE are as follows:

    1. CIS cites the Occupational Outlook Handbook in this justification. In
    the same passage, it also states that employers usually hire entry level
    programmers with a US Bachelors degree or higher as a minimum educational

    2. Wage Level 1 does not mean the job is entry level. That's not how wage
    levels actually work.

    The solution is to respond to this RFE with an expert opinion letter
    explaining this to CIS, and then providing documentation that the job does
    require the level of specialization and higher education that meets H1B

    A misconception is that in responding to this RFE, that ONLY this RFE
    should be responded to. The reality is that an RFE is a door for CIS to
    scrutinize the entire petition where they will likely find more reasons to
    issue a second round of RFEs. If you don't preempt the next round of RFEs
    in your response to the first, you, or your employee or client risks yet
    another RFE you will have to deal with. That is the trend we've been seeing
    this year at TheDegreePeople.

    There are some jobs and some degrees that are RFE magnets. This hasn't
    changed simply because CIS is hitting it hard with Level 1 Wages.

    About The Author

    Sheila Danzig is the Executive Director of CCI,, a foreign credentials evaluation agency. For a free analysis of any difficult case, RFE, Denial, or NOID, please go to or call 800.771.4723.

    When we review your case, or your employee or client's case to
    respond to the Level 1 Wages RFE, we review your client's entire case and
    address other common RFEs and consult you on measures you can take to
    prevent them, such as including a credential evaluation that addresses
    these specific issues.

    For a no charge and no obligation review of your case or your employee or
    client's case, please send the following documents to

    • LCA
    • Beneficiary Resume
    • Employer Support Letter
    • Detailed job description including job duties
    • RFE

    We will get back to you in 48 hours or less with a full analysis of your
    case, or your employee or client's case and our recommendations of how to
    move forward.

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

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    By far the safest approach is not to file a Level 1 wage H-1B case at all. USCIS has already made clear that it is so desperate to use Level 1 wages as an excuse for denying meritorious H-1B cases that it is not interested in paying attention to rational arguments of any kind, let alone actually following the H-1B law.

    It is better to heed the Handwriting On The Wall (and I do not mean Donald Trump's Bigoted Border Wall). This handwriting says, just a clearly as in the Book of Daniel: Mene, Mene, Tekel Upharsin.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Last edited by ImmigrationLawBlogs; 12-07-2017 at 12:33 PM.

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