We filed a H-1B petition on behalf of a US structural and civil engineering services provider. Our client has hired a graduate from an US university with a Master degree in environmental and sustainable engineering as part of the employee optional practical training.
Fortunately, our client was selected in the H-1B lottery. With the petition, we submitted plenty of evidence that this position meets the criteria of a “specialty occupation” defined in H-1B regulations. In this case, we did not have any issue showing to the USCIS satisfaction that the position of Civil Engineer normally requires a degree and that at least a baccalaureate degree is normally the minimum requirement for entry into the position of the Civil Engineer. In addition, the degree requirement is common to the industry in parallel positions among similar organizations and the position of the Civil Engineer is so complex or unique that it can be performed only by an individual with a degree as evidenced by the beneficiary’s work product.
Please note that this article does not constitute a legal advice. We outlined one case study of filing a H-1B petition. If you would like to discuss if you may qualify for H-1B status or you want to change H-1B employer, call our experienced H-1B visa attorney at 480-425-2009 or schedule your consultation online.