Academic evaluations are required to prove a beneficiary's foreign education equivalent to a US equivalent baccalaureate or higher degree. Carnegie Evaluations' evaluators review and analyze the foreign educational credentials of the beneficiary to determine the US equivalency level of education, as well as the degree and field of specialization in consensus with AACRAO EDGE. Academic evaluations include an explanation of the beneficiary's institutional experience, course work completed and foreign educational diplomas or certificates.
The USCIS regulations 8 CFR 214.2(h)(4)(iii)(C)(4) state that in the absence of a U.S. or foreign equivalent degree needed to qualify for an H-1B petition, the beneficiary may alternatively provide proof of specialized training and/or experience that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate or higher degree in the specialty occupation. To determine US equivalency, our evaluators follow the USCIS “3-1” rule. This rule sets that 1 year of college-level education can be substituted by 3 years of specialized work experience. Carnegie Evaluations experts are industry experienced tenured Professors in multiple disciplines/specialties, who are affiliated with reputed US accredited Universities. Our evaluators are authorized to grant “life experience credits” for training and/or experience gained in the specialty occupation. Our evaluators assess the beneficiary's work experience and or combination of progressive work experience and education to determine the US equivalency of a baccalaureate degree or higher in the related field/specialty.
To hire a foreign worker in a specialty occupation under the H-1B category, the employer must prove that the proffered position meets the requirement of a Specialty Occupation. Expert Opinion Letters are completed by a U.S. accredited University Professor or distinguished industry authority in the specific Specialty and would specifically focus on analyzing the detailed position job duties and make the case that, based on the expert's experience and knowledge of the industry, the duties are consistent with a bachelor's degree in a specific field. The expert opinion ascertains the industry standard academic prerequisites to fill such a position, the nature & complexity of the specific job duties associated with the position and the suitability of the beneficiary's qualifications for the position in the relevant occupational fields as outlined in the Occupational Outlook Hand Book (OOH) and/or O*Net.