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Expert Opinions

An expert opinion expands upon your Document-by-Document evaluation. It provides you with the written opinion from a university professor in the appropriate field. An expert opinion letter specifically addresses an individual’s academic and employment experience qualifications to satisfy U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) H-1B regulations for a determination of a minimum of a bachelor’s degree equivalent.

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Our Process

We work with a large network of university professors in a wide range of disciplines to ensure we satisfy your needs. Typically, professors will require information beyond the requirements of a standard Document-by-Document evaluation. This could include academic transcripts, employment verification letters, and detailed job descriptions. If you need a translation, we’d be happy to help.

Expert Opinion Specialty Areas

FIS offers expert opinions to meet the needs for your credential evaluation or USCIS petitions.

FIS can assist immigration clients by referring to professors and industry experts to support petitions to USCIS and the Department of Labor (DOL) that determine foreign educational degree equivalencies of academic credentials, education plus professional work experience, extraordinary ability (O-1 and EB-1), national interest waivers, establish “specialty occupation” or industry standards for professional positions, and respond to PERM audits for “business necessity”.

While expert opinion letters have been written in each of the samples below, each case is different and professor availability can change, so it is best to Contact FIS to discuss your expert opinion needs as the first step.


Samples of Our Work

Following are many of the academic degree fields in which Expert Opinion letters have been written and approved by USCIS, as well as a sample of professional positions (“specialty occupations”).

Business fields: Accounting, business administration, economics, finance, management, management information systems (MIS), marketing and others.

Samples of “specialty occupation” positions: Market Research Analyst, Marketing Manager, Logistics Manager, International Business Analyst, Accountant, Credit Analyst, Purchasing Manager.

Computer and Information Technology fields: Computer science, computer technology, computer information systems (CIS), information technology (IT), management information systems (MIS) and others.

Samples of “specialty occupation” positions: Systems Analyst, Network Administrator, Project Lead/Software Engineer, Programmer Analyst, Web Administrator.

Engineering/Technology fields: Automotive, chemical, construction, electrical, industrial, manufacturing, materials, mechanical, systems and others.

Samples of “specialty occupation” positions: Construction Manager, Director of Advanced Product Development, Tool Design Program Manager.

Humanities/Arts fields: Communication, dance, education, English, fashion design, film/digital media, fine arts, graphic design, interior design, journalism, literature, music, technical writing, theatre, urban planning, and others.

Samples of “specialty occupation” positions: Graphic Designer, Music Director, Public Relations Specialist, Teacher, Journalist, Film Archivist, Technical Writer.

Science fields: Actuarial science, biochemistry, biotechnology, exercise sciences, food sciences, health sciences, physics, quantitative analysis, and others.

Samples of “specialty occupation” positions: Sports Instructors, Rehabilitation Coordinator.

Service fields: Hospitality management, human resources, nursing, public administration, public health, and others.

Samples of “specialty occupation” positions: Health Educator, Human Resources Manager, Director of Nursing Administration, and others.

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