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August 07, 2006

Consulate in Singapore Addresses H-1B1 Fees, Equivalencies

Just in from AILA;

In response to email inquiries from AILA member Naomi Schorr, the U.S. consulate in Singapore has provided the following information about the fees for filing for an H-1B1 under the Singapore Free Trade Agreement, and about the standards for a degree equivalency under the Agreement.

With respect to the fees, the consulate stated:
"The fees are the same for all visa types, S$170, payable with a Cashier's Order to 'American Embassy, Singapore.'… The H1B fees do not apply (those fees are payable in the US when the I-129 is filed - an I-129 is not required for the H1B1)…."

With respect to degree equivalencies, Ms. Schorr inquired whether the post recognizes the USCIS formulation of three years of experience for one year of formal education. The consulate responded:
"Yes, we do recognize the 3 for 1 formula however; the alien must demonstrate progressively responsible experience and a level of knowledge sufficient to show 'theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge.' Also, depending on the position, the alien may also have to show more than '3 for 1' if the industry standard for the position would require an advanced degree (i.e. law degree, master’s degree, etc)."

Posted by VisaLawyer at August 7, 2006 07:22 AM

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