FY-2015 H-1B Cap Case Approved for a Market Research Analyst

Getson & Schatz, P.C. successfully represented an independent, coeducational, college preparatory boarding school in obtaining approval for an H-1B visa for a beneficiary for the position of Market Research Analyst under the FY-2015 H-1B cap.  The job duties of the position involve choosing the most effective and profitable type of market research to increase student enrollment, organizing and analyzing data to determine its relevance to marketing strategies, determining which new markets to enter and where to focus marketing efforts, deciding how the marketing budget should be allocated, and selecting optimal marketing strategies.

The beneficiary had been employed in the position working from outside the United States but the employer preferred the beneficiary to relocate to the United States in order to have access to data and other resources necessary for the development of a successful marketing plan for the school’s recruitment efforts.

Our Philadelphia immigration attorneys compiled evidence pertaining to the beneficiary’s qualifications to demonstrate that the beneficiary was qualified to perform the job duties of the occupation and that the position being offered was in fact a specialty occupation; meaning it is an occupation that requires theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and the attainment of United States Bachelor’s or higher degree or its equivalent.

The position being offered required both theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and attainment of a United States Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in Business Administration, Marketing or a related field. The beneficiary was qualified for the position as she holds a United States Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in International Business/Marketing.

The petition included college transcripts to indicate that the beneficiary had in fact received a degree in Business Administration.  Certified course descriptions from the University were also included to help support the case and the letter from the petitioning employer provided a detailed explanation as to how the various courses taken by the beneficiary are related to the position being offered.   A copy of the most recent U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for the position of Market Research Analyst was also included to show that a Bachelor’s degree in Market Research or a related field is a standard requirement for the position. The Handbook indicates that math and analytical skills, knowledge of statistics, research methods, and marketing skills utilized in performing the duties of a Market Research Analyst position are gained through coursework in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

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