H-1B Visa Sample Cases from our office

These are some sample cases from our files. It is impossible for us to present all have done past over 15 years of our practice. But these were some cases that came to mind when we started writing this column 2-3 years ago.

A recruiting firm for accountants retained our services to file an H-1B petition for a recruiter. Typically, it is difficult to justify that the position of a recruiter qualifies as an H-1B level occupation. Our petition to USCIS argued, however, that even though recruiters do not generally qualify as a specialty level occupation, the present case is different because the beneficiary will be hired as an International Accounting/Finance Recruiter. Accordingly, since the job duties of such a position are sufficiently complex to require knowledge of accounting, taxation, audit etc., the position requires the incumbent to possess at least a bachelor’s degree in the relevant field.   Consequently, USCIS issued an RFE raising the issue of specialty occupation. We responded by providing the beneficiary’s expanded job description and detailed project description, the employer’s past hiring practices and other supporting evidence.  This case was approved.

DISCLAIMER: PAST APPROVAL OF A CASE IS NOT A GUARANTEE OR PREDICTION REGARDING THE OUTCOME OF FUTURE CASES. CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

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Category: H-1B Visa

We have just received another H-1 approval for an end-client placement.  There were two intervening vendors and the end-client declined to provide a letter stating that there is no requirement in law for them to provide any such letter.  We had to get together convincing secondary evidence.  I was highly doubtful we will get the approval, but we did.  So, despite the January 8 memo from USCIS, there is life yet for consulting industry.

DISCLAIMER: PAST APPROVAL OF A CASE IS NOT A GUARANTEE OR PREDICTION REGARDING THE OUTCOME OF FUTURE CASES. CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

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We were recently retained by an employer whose employee fell out of status due to an omissions by the former counsel. Prior to the employee’s H1B expiration date, the employer tried to file an H1B extension. The employer’s former Counsel utilized an obsolete and inappropriate wage source when filing the LCA. This wage amount was also not representative of what the employee was earning. As a result, the employer had to withdraw the LCA. This circumstance resulted in an untimely filing of the employer’s H1B application and the employee’s status expiring due to no fault of his own. Nonetheless, we were able to obtain H1B approval for the employee in six business days.  The approval was given nunc pro tunc.

DISCLAIMER: PAST APPROVAL OF A CASE IS NOT A GUARANTEE OR PREDICTION REGARDING THE OUTCOME OF FUTURE CASES. CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

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We were recently retained by an employer who had received very poor legal advice and representation from two different lawyers because of which their employee and her children fell out of H-1 status AND were unlawfully present in USA since 2004.  It appeared almost impossible that we will be able to get her back into status after a gap of over FIVE years, but it did work out.  Today, we have received H-1 approval as well as the coveted I-94 for all family members.  Comments from the client are here: http://www.immigration.com/guestbook/h-1-visa/guestbook-entry-bruce-a-t…

DISCLAIMER: PAST APPROVAL OF A CASE IS NOT A GUARANTEE OR PREDICTION REGARDING THE OUTCOME OF FUTURE CASES. CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

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Category: H-1B Visa

 We have been retained by several consulting companies to try to respond to their RFE's all of which require a letter from the end-client.  Many times, despite best efforts, such letters are not available.  So, as a test case, we filed an Request For Evidence is a a request from a government agency to provide further information on an issue before the government.

 We have been retained by several consulting companies to try to respond to their RFE's all of which require a letter from the end-client.  Many times, despite best efforts, such letters are not available.  So, as a test case, we filed an RFE response without an end-client letter.   As usual, USCIS wished for a confirmation of job duties, employer-employee relationship and duration of project.  We made several legal arguments including pointing out repeated misapplication of the law by USCIS.

So far, we have received two approvals of H-1 without letters from end-clients.

See also my article on this subject.  

DISCLAIMER: PAST APPROVAL OF A CASE IS NOT A GUARANTEE OR PREDICTION REGARDING THE OUTCOME OF FUTURE CASES. CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

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