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Major victory for H-1B employers as USCIS qualifies market research analyst as speciality occupation

Based on its prior interpretation of the Occupational Outlook Handbook a Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics publication profiling hundreds of occupations in the US job market the USCIS was determining that market research analysts did not qualify as a "specialty occupation".

October 29, 2021 / 07:36 AM IST
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In a major victory for H-1B employers, a federal court has approved a settlement under which the US Citizenship and Immigration Services has agreed to qualify market research analyst as a speciality occupation for the purposes of determining H-1B visa application of a foreign professional.

Based on its prior interpretation of the Occupational Outlook Handbook a Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics publication profiling hundreds of occupations in the US job market the USCIS was determining that market research analysts did not qualify as a "specialty occupation".

The settlement approved by the federal district court in the Northern District of California would now let companies request that the USCIS reopen and re-adjudicate their denied H-1B petitions.

"This settlement is an important victory that will benefit hundreds of American businesses and the market research analysts they sought to employ,” said Leslie K Dellon, senior attorney (business immigration) at the American Immigration Council.