to Approve a Foreign Degree Deemed Equivalent to U.S.
I completed my Bachelor degree in less than 4 years in my country. Now, USCIS sent me a Request For Evidence letter for my Form I-140 application, said my education "not equivalent to U.S. Bachelor’s degree". How could I rely the RFE notice?
The Bachelor degree is typically a four-year program in many countries. If the alien applicant earned the degree in lesss than 4 years, or in only 3 years, the evidence should
explain carefully enough how the alien applicant came to earn this degree in less than 4 years, including the foreign credential evaluation given to the USCIS and the RFE response.
Also, the submitted documents should analyze and explain the exact nature of the alien applicant's education to the detail extent, including an explanation of the significance of the diploma obtained by the alien applicant prior to admission to the Bachelor program.
One way to prove a foreign bachelor degree in lesss than 4 years deemed equivalent to U.S. Bachelor’s degree is to show the completion of a diploma at the accredited institution that was equivalent to college-level coursework, if the alien applicant completed a diploma program or class prior to the Bachelor program. Then the applicant may win approval of Form I-140 application by showing the USCIS that the alien worker's completion of the diploma at the accredited institution was equivalent to college-level coursework. The diploma should take into consideration by the Bachelor program when determining the required coursework for this program.
Also, if an alien aplicant had been admitted to the Bachelor program at an advanced standing level, then it may permit his ot her completion of the 4-year degree program in 3 years. This is similar to having college credits transfer or obtaining credits through advanced placement testing. Therefore, it is posible to show that the alien's Bachelor degree is the equivalent of a 4-year program, similar to a 4-year degree program from an accredited U.S. university.
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