The answer is Computer Systems Analysis and the reason it is such an RFE magnet is not the fault of the job itself. While this is a common H1B job, Computer Systems Analysis is a very rare degree.
US Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Systems Analysis is only available at universities with self-designed degrees. In India, there is a BCA in Computer Systems Analysis, but this degree triggers an RFE because it is a three-year Bachelor’s degree. The only degree we have seen not trigger an RFE for this job is a US Masters of Computer Systems Analysis. Again, this is also a relatively rare degree.
So what’s the problem?
Until about seven years ago, CIS approved the H1B visas of candidates with US Bachelor’s degrees in fields related to their H1B job without question. Now, the degree must be an EXACT match for the job title. With such an unusual degree, it is hard for anyone with a job in Computer Systems Analysis to have a US Bachelor’s degree that is an exact match.
If your or your employee or client’s H1B job is Computer Systems Analysis, chances are you will need a credential evaluation to preempt or to answer an RFE. If you or your employee or client has an Indian BCA in Computer Systems Analysis, a professor authorized to issue college credit for work experience can write a work experience conversion that turns three years of progressive work experience in the field of Computer Systems Analysis into one year of college credit to account for the missing fourth year. If you or your employee or client has a degree in a related field, a work experience conversion of this kind, along with a close examination of the coursework involved in the degree to emphasize classwork in Computer Systems Analysis is needed.
Unless you or your employee or client has a US Masters of Computer Systems Analysis, don’t chance it. An RFE is not the end of the world, but it makes visa approval a whole lot harder, more expensive, more time-consuming, and more stressful.
Before you file or answer an RFE, let us provide a pre-evaluation with all of your options for free. Simply go to ccifree.com and submit all educational documents, a current, accurate resume, and indicate the job title or desired equivalency. We will get back to you within 24 hours with your pre-evaluation, a full analysis, and all of your options.
About the Author
Sheila Danzig is the Executive Director of TheDegreePeople.com a Foreign Credentials Evaluation Agency. For a no charge analysis of any difficult case, RFEs, Denials, or NOIDs, please go to http://www.ccifree.com/ or call 800.771.4723.