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CASE: H-1B Visa Petition

PETITIONER: IT Consulting Company in Jacksonville, FL

BENEFICIARY: Indian Systems Analyst in Charlotte, NC

Our client is an IT Consulting Company located in Jacksonville, FL.  They contacted our office in the middle of February last year to seek legal assistance for a possible H-1B petition for their foreign employee.

The beneficiary obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology in Belgium. Beneficiary is currently working in the United States under L-1 status. The proffered position for the Beneficiary is a Systems Analyst which we argued qualifies as a specialty occupation.

Upon retention, our office prepared and eventually filed the H-1B visa petition with various supporting documents on March 31, 2016 via regular processing. This H-1B petition was selected after the lottery.

However, on September 29, 2016, the USCIS issued Request for Evidence (RFE) for our client’s H-1B petition. USCIS requested Petitioner to submit additional evidence to establish that the proffered position to the beneficiary qualified as a “Specialty Occupation”, plus additional questions about the “in-house” nature of the employment. Moreover, the RFE requested our client to prove the Beneficiary’s qualification is sufficient to work as a systems analyst.

We gathered supporting documents from both the Petitioner and Beneficiary and did research on the industry, focusing on similarly sized businesses, to demonstrate that a bachelor’s degree is commonly required for this position. We also provided in-house employment proof.

In the response brief, our office argued that the degree requirement is common to this industry in parallel positions among similar organizations.  We provided evidence that the position of Systems Analyst or Computer Systems Analyst is a common position required by similarly sized IT consulting company.  Also, we provided evidence that Petitioner’s competitors normally require degrees in a specific specialty for closely related positions like that of Systems Analyst.  Moreover, our office asserted that the nature of the specific duties is so specialized and complex that knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a baccalaureate or higher degree in a specific specialty. Furthermore, we included several professional evaluation letters for Beneficiary’s degree and previous work experience to demonstrate that he is qualified. Other documents pertaining to an in-house project was also submitted.

Our office filed a detailed Response to RFE brief with many exhibits to the USCIS Vermont Service Center on December 19, 2016.  Eventually, our client’s H-1B application was approved on January 12, 2017. Now, the beneficiary can work for the Petitioner until August 2019.

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Post image for H-1B Extension Approval for Accounting Firm Petitioner in Baltimore, MD  and Staff Auditor Beneficiary from Trinidad & Tobago

CASE: H-1B Visa Extension Petition
PETITIONER:  Accounting Firm in Baltimore, MD
BENEFICIARY: Staff Auditor from Trinidad and Tobago

Our client is an accounting firm in Baltimore, MD.  They contacted our office in March 2016 to seek legal assistance from our office for their foreign employee’s H-1B extension.  The beneficiary obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in accounting and completed his MBA program in the United States. The proffered position for the Beneficiary is a staff auditor which qualifies as a specialty occupation.  We argued that this position a “specialty occupation” because the minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or its equivalent.  Moreover, our office helped this employee’s initial H-1B case in 2013 and it was approved by the USCIS.

Once retained, our office promptly filed the H-1B visa petition with various supporting documents on May 11, 2016 via the regular processing service. Eventually, our client’s H-1B application was approved on December 22, 2016.  His H-1B is good until September 13, 2019.

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Post image for Systems Analyst H-1B Petition Approval for IT Consulting Company Petitioner in Jacksonville Florida and Indian Beneficiary in India

CASE: H-1B Visa Petition

PETITIONER: IT Consulting Company in Jacksonville, FL

BENEFICIARY: Indian Systems Analyst in India

Our client is an IT Consulting Company located in Jacksonville, FL.  They contacted our office in the middle of February this year to seek legal assistance for a possible H-1B petition for their foreign employee.

The beneficiary obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in India. Beneficiary is currently residing at India. The proffered position for the Beneficiary is a Systems Analyst which we argued qualifies as a specialty occupation.

Upon retention, our office prepared and eventually filed the H-1B visa petition with various supporting documents on March 31, 2016 via regular processing. This H-1B petition was selected after the lottery.

However, on September 13, 2016, the USCIS issued Request for Evidence (RFE) for our client’s H-1B petition. USCIS requested Petitioner to submit additional evidence to establish that the proffered position to the beneficiary qualified as a “Specialty Occupation”, plus additional questions about the “in-house” nature of the employment.

We gathered supporting documents from both the Petitioner and Beneficiary and did research on the industry, focusing on similarly sized businesses, to demonstrate that a bachelor’s degree is commonly required for this position. We also provided in-house employment proof.

In the response brief, our office argued that the degree requirement is common to this industry in parallel positions among similar organizations.  We provided evidence that the position of Systems Analyst or Computer Systems Analyst is a common position required by similarly sized IT consulting company.  Also, we provided evidence that Petitioner’s competitors normally require degrees in a specific specialty for closely related positions like that of Systems Analyst.  Moreover, our office asserted that the nature of the specific duties is so specialized and complex that knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a baccalaureate or higher degree in a specific specialty. Other documents pertaining to an in-house project was also submitted.

Our office filed a detailed Response to RFE brief with many exhibits to the USCIS Vermont Service Center on November 23, 2016.  Eventually, our client’s H-1B application was approved on December 12, 2016. Now, the beneficiary can apply for an H-1B visa at the U.S. Embassy in India, and upon the issuance of visa, he can work for the Petitioner.

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CASE: H-1B Visa Extension

PETITIONER:  Physician’s Office in Flushing, NY

BENEFICIARY: Chinese Nurse Practitioner

Our client is a dermatology clinic in Flushing, NY which provides cosmetic and dermatologic treatments for its patients. They contacted our office in July of 2016 to seek legal assistance for its foreign beneficiary’s H-1B extension.

The beneficiary is from China and obtained her Master of Nursing Degree in the United States. She also has a valid Nurse Practitioner License in the State of New York. The proffered position for the Beneficiary was for a Nurse Practitioner which we argued qualified as a specialty occupation. We proffered that the minimum requirement for this position is a Master of Nursing Degree or its equivalent. Moreover, Nurse Practitioner needs the state license as well.  She has been working for the Petitioner on a valid H-1B visa.

Once retained, our firm prepared and eventually filed the H-1B visa petition with various supporting documents on August 16, 2016 via regular processing. Eventually, without any RFE, our client’s H-1B extension was approved on November 22, 2016. Now, the Beneficiary can continue to work for the Petitioner on an H-1B status until September 1, 2019 (until her duration of H-1B status reaches the 6th year mark).

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Post image for H-1B Visa Petition Approval (Change of Employer) for Waste Management Company and Indian Chief Financial Officer in St. Louis Missouri

CASE: H-1B Change of Employer

PETITIONER: Waste Management Company

BENEFICIARY: Indian Chief Financial Officer

LOCATION: St. Louis, MO

Our client is a wastewater treatment and management company in the St. Louis, MO area. They contacted our office in early July 2016 to seek a legal assistance from our office for their foreign employee. The beneficiary is from India and obtained her Master’s degree in Business Administration. The proffered position for the Beneficiary is a Chief Financial Officer which qualifies as a specialty occupation. This proffered position is clearly a “specialty occupation” because the minimum requirements for this position are a Master’s Degree in Business Administration or its equivalent.  

The foreign beneficiary in this case already had her H-1B visa from her previous employer.  However, her H-1B visa was not expired yet, and she wanted to extend her H-1B status on the change of employer basis.

Once retained, our office promptly filed the H-1B visa petition with various supporting documents on July 21, 2016. Since this petition was based on the change of employer, this petition was exempted from the annual cap of the H-1B.  Thus, we could file prior to the April 1.  There were no Requests for Evidence during the processing of the H-1B.  Eventually, our client’s H-1B Petition was approved on November 15, 2016.  Now the Beneficiary can work for her Petitioner-Employer as an H-1B visa holder and she can work there for next three years.

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Post image for IT Consulting Systems Analyst H-1B Extension Approval for Software Development and IT Company and Indian Beneficiary in Jacksonville Florida

CASE: H-1B Extension

PETITIONER: Software Development and IT Staffing Company

BENEFICIARY: Indian Computer Systems Analyst

LOCATION: Jacksonville, FL

Our client is a fast growing software developing and IT consulting company located in Jacksonville, FL. They contacted our office in June 2016 to seek assistance from our office for their foreign employee’s H-1B extension. The beneficiary is from India and he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems.  The proffered position for the Beneficiary is a Computer Systems Analyst which we argued qualifies as a specialty occupation. He got his H-1B status through our office’s help in 2015.

After retention, our office promptly filed the H-1B visa petition with various supporting documents on July 13, 2016 via regular processing. We also gathered supporting documents from both the Petitioner and Beneficiary and did research on the industry, focusing on similarly sized businesses, to demonstrate that a bachelor’s degree is commonly required for this position.

Moreover, in our brief, our office argued that the degree requirement is common to this industry in parallel positions among similar organizations.  We provided evidence that the position of Systems Analyst or Computer Systems Analyst is a common position required by similarly sized IT consulting company.  Also, we provided evidence that Petitioner’s competitors normally require degrees in a specific specialty for closely related positions like that of Systems Analyst.  Moreover, our office asserted that the nature of the specific duties is so specialized and complex that knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a baccalaureate or higher degree in a specific specialty. Other documents pertaining to an in-house project was also submitted.

Eventually, our client’s H-1B application was approved on October 17, 2016. He can work for his employer until August 2019.  

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Post image for H-1B Extension with Cap Exempt and Off Site Employment Issue Approved for Pharmacist Korean Beneficiary and Healthcare Staffing Firm Petitioner in Cleveland Ohio

CASE: H-1B Visa Petition
PETITIONER: Healthcare staffing firm
BENEFICIARY: Pharmacist
ISSUES: Cap-Exempt, Research Organization, Off-Site Employment

Our client is one of the leading healthcare staffing firms in Northeast Ohio, serving the general staffing needs of regional hospitals and clinics. They contacted our office in early March to seek legal assistance from our office for their foreign employee’s H-1B Extension.

The beneficiary is a licensed pharmacist who obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in the United States. The proffered position for the Beneficiary is a Pharmacist. We showed that this is a “specialty occupation” because the minimum requirement for this position is a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree with a registered Pharmacist license. With our office’s legal assistance, she got her H-1B in May 2013.

Her H-1B extension is quite unique due to the nature of her employment. The Petitioner is qualified for some of the exemption provisions for the H-1B cap. We explained that we can argue the nonprofit exemption, as well as cite some CIS memorandums regarding eligibility for H-1B petitions despite off-site employment. We showed that the main reason for cap-exemption is that the foreign employee will be placed at two hospitals which are non-profit research organizations as defined in 8 C.F.R. 214.2(h)(19)(iii)(C).

Our office argued that this H-1B petition is exempted from the H-1B numerical limitations (cap-exempt) because the Petitioner will employ the beneficiary to perform job duties at non-profit research organizations (two hospitals) as defined in 8 C.F.R. 214(h)(19)(iii)(C) that directly and predominately furthers the normal, primary, or essential purpose, mission, objectives, or function of the qualifying institution (nonprofit research).

We also argued that these two hospitals are clearly qualified as non-profit research organizations as defined in 8 C.F.R. 214(h)(19)(iii)(C). These two organizations are primarily engaged in basic research and/or applied research. Moreover, the beneficiary’s job duties, which will be performed on-site at qualifying non-profit research organizations, will be similar to those performed by actual employees (Pharmacists) of the two hospitals in the furtherance of the qualifying entities’ mission.

Furthermore, we explained that the Petitioner will comply with the statutory and regulatory requirements of the H-1B non-immigrant classification for the placement of the beneficiary at the two hospitals during the period of employment.  We mentioned that the beneficiary will be paid higher than the prevailing wage for the pharmacist position by the Petitioner, and Petitioner-Employer will maintain an employer-employee relationship with the beneficiary. The Petitioner has the right to control the work of the beneficiary on a day-to-day basis as well. We explained that the Petitioner has a sole right to hire, pay, and has the ability to fire the beneficiary as well.

Once retained, our office filed the H-1B visa extension petition with various supporting documents on March 15, 2016.

Eventually, our client’s H-1B application was approved on September 22, 2016 without any Request for Evidence (RFE).  She can now work for her employer for three more years.

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CASE: H-1B Visa Petition

PETITIONER:  Dental Clinic

BENEFICIARY: Nepalese Dentist in Cleveland, OH

Our client is a dental clinic located in Cleveland, Ohio.  They contacted our office in early March of this year to seek legal assistance for a possible H-1B petition for their foreign employee.

The beneficiary obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery in the United States. Moreover, she is a licensed dentist in the state of Ohio. The proffered position for the Beneficiary is an associate dentist which clearly qualifies as a specialty occupation.

Upon retention, our office prepared and eventually filed the H-1B visa petition with various supporting documents on March 31, 2016 via regular processing service. This H-1B petition was selected after the lottery.

However, the USCIS issued Request for Evidence (RFE) on June 8, 2016 and requested beneficiary’s pay stubs during her OPT employment. Moreover, the USCIS asked Beneficiary to submit evidence to show whether she has maintained her non-immigrant status lawfully in the United States. Our office gathered the evidence from Beneficiary and submitted the Response to RFE to USCIS on June 22, 2016. Eventually, our client’s H-1B application was approved on August 24, 2016.

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Post image for H-1B Approval for Sales Leads Provider Petitioner, Nepalese Software Developer – Web Applications Beneficiary in Omaha Nebraska

CASE: H-1B Visa Petition

PETITIONER:  Sales Leads Provider

BENEFICIARY: Nepalese Software Developer –Web Applications in Omaha, NE

Our client is a Sales Leads provider located in Omaha, NE.  They contacted our office in later February of this year to seek legal assistance for a possible H-1B petition for their foreign employee.

The beneficiary obtained his Master of Science in Management Information Systems in the United States. The proffered position for the Beneficiary is a Software Developer – Web Applications which clearly qualifies as a specialty occupation.

Upon retention, our office prepared and eventually filed the H-1B visa petition with various supporting documents on March 31, 2016 via regular processing service. This H-1B petition was selected after the lottery. Our client’s H-1B application was approved on June 28, 2016.

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CASE: H-1B Visa Petition

PETITIONER:  Licensed Reference Laboratory

BENEFICIARY: Chinese Preparatory Chemist in Columbus, OH

Our client is a licensed reference laboratory located near Columbus, OH.  They contacted our office in early March of this year to seek legal assistance for a possible H-1B petition for their foreign employee.

The beneficiary obtained his Master of Science in Chemistry in the United States. The proffered position for the Beneficiary is a preparatory chemist which clearly qualifies as a specialty occupation.

Upon retention, our office prepared and eventually filed the H-1B visa petition with various supporting documents on March 31, 2016 via regular processing service. This H-1B petition was selected after the lottery. Our client’s H-1B application was approved on June 23, 2015.

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