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We offer a full spectrum of evaluation services, including academic evaluations, work experience evaluations, and combined academic and work evaluations. We also offer expert opinion letters which assist with extraordinary ability petitions, defining a Specialty Occupation, responding to RFE’s, and any other case that requires the opinion of an expert in the field.

We understand the financial and time constraints on our clients. That’s why our prices and processing times are among the best in the industry. Our standard processing time for evaluations is only three business days, with next day and same day service also available.

Our evaluations are regularly accepted by the USCIS. All of our evaluators are university professors who have authority to grant credit at accredited US universities.

We are known for our appreciation for your input and comments regarding each case. If you have a request regarding an evaluation that has already been completed and sent to you, it will be handled within hours, not days, and without an extra fee.

We offer free preliminary assessments so that you can avoid paying for equivalencies you don’t need. Our knowledgeable staff will review your submitted documentation and let what you know what additional information is required to achieve your desired equivalency.

We realize that in the ever-changing world of immigration, each case is unique and must be treated appropriately. An expert letter can be worded according to your unique requirements depending on the uniqueness of the case at hand.

Did you receive an RFE regarding an evaluation and/or expert opinion and do not know where to start? We are quite familiar with these feelings, as we often help attorneys overcome them. We have assisted attorneys in successfully responding to RFE’s of all types in various fields.

We have special introductory offers available for you so that you can become familiar with our services without paying standard costs. These and other offers are often available. Please call our office today to find out what offers are available for you.

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. Options to coordinate a phone call, virtual site visit, or on-site visit with the expert may be available, as well as options to discuss the wage level of the 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.

If you only have some of the required documents, or if you are unsure 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. Options to coordinate a phone call, virtual site visit, or on-site visit with the expert may be available, as well as options to discuss the wage level of the position and the beneficiary’s fulfillment of the standard of “recognition of expertise."

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: Employment verification letters showing job title, start and end dates, and a description of the job duties as well as preferably including evidence of 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 unsure 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.

Industry Standard Letter (for H-1B Visa)
Details

The expert letter from a professional recruiter in the field demonstrates that "the degree requirement is common to the industry in parallel positions among similar organizations." The expert may also discuss the beneficiary’s academic credentials and/or work experience history in terms of their desirability for the offered position. This letter may be requested on its own, or as a supplement to a Specialty Occupation or Comprehensive expert opinion letter at a reduced cost.

Required Documents
  • The employer’s support letter including a description of the petitioner, the requirement for the offered position that the petitioner has established, and a detailed list of the required job duties for the offered position.
  • For cases including discussion of education: Diploma and transcripts or mark sheets of the candidate.
  • For cases including discussion of work experience: Detailed employment verification letters and reference letters.

If you only have some of the required documents, have alternate documentation that demonstrates work experience history, or are unsure if 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 unsure 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.

Well-Positioned Letter (for EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) petition)
Details

The USCIS frequently issues Requests for Additional Evidence (RFEs) asking for proof that an individual may be considered “well-positioned” to advance a particular field and/or specific endeavor in the United States. Experts in a variety of fields are available to provide opinion letters establishing that an individual is well-positioned to succeed based on academic credentials, past work experience, professional achievements, and recognition in the field.

Required Documents
  • The beneficiary’s academic degrees and transcripts, resume, employment verification letters, reference letters, awards, publications, media coverage, work product samples, etc.
  • Information on the proposed endeavor, such as a letter of support, a business plan, job duties, and/or a personal statement.
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 unsure 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 unsure 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 unsure 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.

TN Letter (for TN Visa)
Details

The expert letter establishes that a position qualifies under one of the categories of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). When requested, the expert can also evaluate the beneficiary’s academic credentials and/or discuss work experience history to endorse the beneficiary as suitable 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 discussion of work experience: Detailed employment verification letters and reference letters.

If you only have some of the required documents, have alternate documentation that demonstrates work experience history, or are unsure if 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.

“Not Substantially Comparable” Letter (for PERM positions)
Details

The need for this type of letter arises when a foreign national is promoted from within a company that wishes to sponsor his/her green card. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) standard for using experience gained with the sponsoring employer is that the past position must not be “substantially comparable” to the new position. In this expert opinion letter, the expert provides a detailed comparison between the previous position and the offered position explaining how they are at least 50% different, therefore qualifying as not “substantially comparable”.

Required Documents
  • A description of the petitioner, the job titles for each position, detailed lists of the required job duties for both positions (including percentage of time spent on each duty), and the job requirements for each position.

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