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Expert Opinions

Expert Opinion Letters are completed by a distinguished industry authority in order to provide an “Expert Opinion” for extraordinary ability petitions, defining a Specialty Occupation, responding to RFEs, or for any other case that requires the opinion of an expert in the field. As we are aware that each case is unique, we will attempt to modify the content of each letter according to your specifications. 

Please scroll down to see details of various types of Expert Opinion Letters regularly provided by Silvergate.

Specialty Occupation Letter (for H-1B Visa)
Details

This expert letter establishes an offered H-1B position as a USCIS Specialty Occupation, which requires the minimum attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree.

Required Documents

The employer’s support letter including a description of the petitioner and a detailed list of the required job duties for the offered position.

If you only have some of the required documents, or if you are not sure whether your documents are sufficient, it is possible that we can still complete a favorable Expert Opinion Letter. Please send your documents for a free preliminary assessment and we will inform you before proceeding if further documentation is needed.

Comprehensive Letter (for H-1B Visa)
Details

In addition to establishing the offered position as a Specialty Occupation, this expert letter also evaluates the beneficiary’s academic and/or work experience credentials as equivalent to a Bachelor’s in the required field, and endorses the suitability of the beneficiary for the offered position.

Required Documents
  • The employer’s support letter, including a description of the petitioner and a detailed list of the required job duties for the offered position.
  • For cases including evaluation of academics: Diploma and transcripts or mark sheets of the candidate.
  • For cases including evaluation of work experience: Detailed resume showing clear start and end dates with months organized by employer and with a list of job duties for each position.
  • For cases including evaluation of work experience: Employment verification letters (preferably showing a description of the job duties and the employee’s progression in responsibility over time, discussing the candidate’s expertise, and establishing that the experience was gained while working with peers who hold a Bachelor’s Degree in the pertinent field, or the equivalent).

If you only have some of the required documents, or if you are not sure whether your documents are sufficient, it is possible that we can still complete a favorable Expert Opinion Letter. Please send your documents for a free preliminary assessment and we will inform you before proceeding if further documentation is needed.

Specialized Knowledge Letter (for L-1B Visa)
Details

This report includes an expert opinion letter from a professor in the field, who first performs an in-depth analysis of the company’s processes and the knowledge acquired by the beneficiary. The professor then proceeds to establish that the beneficiary possesses Specialized Knowledge of the company’s proprietary tools, processes, and methodologies based on his or her work experience for the company’s foreign office.

Required Documents
  • The employer’s support letter including a description of the petitioner and a detailed list of the required job duties for the offered position.
  • Any internal training records the candidate has with the company.

If you only have some of the required documents, or if you are not sure whether your documents are sufficient, it is possible that we can still complete a favorable Expert Opinion Letter. Please send your documents for a free preliminary assessment and we will inform you before proceeding if further documentation is needed.

Managerial/Executive Capacity Letter (for L-1A / EB-1C Visas)
Details

This expert letter assesses a foreign and/or US-based position’s responsibilities, and establishes the position(s) as Executive and/or Managerial. Such letters are completed by a university professor in the field, and clearly describe how the responsibilities and characteristics of the position satisfy the requirements of the USCIS for an Executive or Managerial position.

Required Documents
  • The employer’s support letter including a description of the petitioner and a detailed list of the required job duties for the offered position.
  • Organizational charts for the foreign and US companies showing where the candidate stands in the corporate hierarchy.

If you only have some of the required documents, or if you are not sure whether your documents are sufficient, it is possible that we can still complete a favorable Expert Opinion Letter. Please send your documents for a free preliminary assessment and we will inform you before proceeding if further documentation is needed.

Extraordinary Ability Letter (for O-1 / EB-1A Visas)
Details

This expert letter assesses a foreign national’s accomplishments and qualifications, and describes how he or she has satisfied the USCIS requirements for classification as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability.

Required Documents
  • The employer’s support letter describing which of at least three evidentiary criteria the candidate fulfills.
  • Any pertinent exhibits that support the claims of the letter regarding the candidate’s Extraordinary Ability.

Note: If you only have some of the required documents, or if you are not sure whether your documents are sufficient, it is possible that we can still complete a favorable Expert Opinion Letter. Please send your documents for a free preliminary assessment and we will inform you before proceeding if further documentation is needed.

Business Necessity Letter (for a PERM Audit Response)
Details

This expert letter establishes business necessity for an offered position and demonstrates that “the job duties and requirements bear a reasonable relationship to the occupation in the context of the employer’s business, and are essential to perform the job in a reasonable manner”, in accordance with regulations.

Required Documents
  • The ETA form 9089 (in the absence of this, a Microsoft Word document with a detailed list of the required job duties for the offered position and the employer’s stated requirement will suffice).
  • A description of the petitioner.

If you only have some of the required documents, or if you are not sure whether your documents are sufficient, it is possible that we can still complete a favorable Expert Opinion Letter. Please send your documents for a free preliminary assessment and we will inform you before proceeding if further documentation is needed.

Our Services

Academic Evaluations

Academic Evaluations include an evaluation, review, and explanation of the individual's institutional experience, course work completed, educational diplomas or certificates, and their US equivalent.

Work Experience Evaluations

These evaluations can include an Academic Evaluation of an individual, or can be based solely on experiential qualifications.

Expert Opinions

Expert Opinion Letters are completed by a distinguished industry authority in order to provide an “Expert Opinion” for extraordinary ability petitions, defining a Specialty Occupation, responding to RFE’s, or for any other case that requires the opinion of an expert in the field.

Translations

At Silvergate, we understand our clients' needs for an efficient and affordable way to have their evaluation materials translated. We now offer translations from every major language into English.

Expert Opinions

Expert Opinion Letters are completed by a distinguished industry authority in order to provide an “Expert Opinion” for extraordinary ability petitions, defining a Specialty Occupation, responding to RFE’s, or for any other case that requires the opinion of an expert in the field.

Translations

At Silvergate, we understand our clients' needs for an efficient and affordable way to have their evaluation materials translated. We now offer translations from every major language into English.

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