VSC Relaxes H-1B RFE Requirements for Consulting Companies

Raghuram Sukumar H1B Visa 3 Comments

A handful of H-1B visa applications for FY 2010 by consulting companies received RFEs on H-1B petitions sent.

Yet still, many are waiting to hear from the USCIS about their application status after their employers had responded to the RFE requests from USCIS.

New RFE Requirements

Murthy.com posted a report on the relaxed documents requirements on RFE requests received on H-1B visa 2010 applications submitted by consulting companies to Vermont Service Centers.

  • The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not accept any statement regarding the duties from the petitioning consulting company alone.
  • The VSC confirmed that a letter from the end client is acceptable as proof of the specific assignment.
  • According to the VSC, it no long requests these contracts in its RFEs.

These new requirements should make responding to RFE a bit easy, since consulting companies are not required to submit the actual contract they have with their clients, which may contain confidential information.


  1. I am a student pursuing dual degree in Computer Science in BITS Pilani with one year of experience as an intern and good GPA . I am interested in getting a job in USA.
    I know it is difficult for a fresher to get a job through consultants but I hope I can find it atleast after 2 more years of experience. ( There are companies which directly came from USA to our institute to recruit freshers for H1-B). I want to know whether it is possible to get a job in this way through consultants atleast after 2 years or is it better to go for MS(I am interested to go for MS only if first option is not possible ) ?

    I want to know whether it is possible to get a H1-B job by directly applying to their careers website or job sites instead of consulting companies.Will there be response that way ?

  2. RFE dated on Aug 21, 2009 due by Sept 20, 2009, RFE sent by Sept 20, 2009 via premimum processing….now 10/02/2009…. OPT with CAP-GAP extension EXPIRED…. no information on H1B status. What should I do ?

    1. Did u hear anything back from them? Any idea what's the normal time it is taking for USCIS to normally respond to an RFE?

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