Computer Programmer H1B role and Probability of H1B approval in 2018

With clarifying with a 2017 memo, that Computer Programmer (SOC Code – 15-1131.00 )  roles do not automatically qualify for Specialty occupation, the rate of denials have shot up exponentially.

Here is the probability of approval by various metrics provided by attorneys polled across 3 major India based employers.

Computer Programmer 15-1131.00  (SOC Title) and any Job Title like Analyst Programmer, Applications Developer, Computer Programmer, Computer Programmer Analyst, Internet Programmer, Java Developer, Programmer, Programmer Analyst, Software Developer, Web Programmer, all have similar probability of approval based on the wage level.

Job TitleWage LevelProbability of
of RFE
Computer ProgrammerComputer Programmer1>50%80%
Computer ProgrammerAnalyst Programmer1>50%80%
Computer ProgrammerApplications Developer1>50%80%
Computer ProgrammerComputer Programmer Analyst1>50%80%
Computer ProgrammerInternet Programmer1>50%80%
Computer ProgrammerJava Developer1>50%80%
Computer ProgrammerProgrammer1>50%80%
Computer ProgrammerProgrammer Analyst1>50%80%
Computer ProgrammerSoftware Developer1>50%80%
Computer ProgrammerWeb Programmer1>50%80%
SOC TitleJob TitleWage LevelProbability of
of RFE
Computer ProgrammerComputer Programmer2>40%80%
Computer ProgrammerAnalyst Programmer2>40%80%
Computer ProgrammerApplications Developer2>40%80%
Computer ProgrammerComputer Programmer Analyst2>40%80%
Computer ProgrammerInternet Programmer2>40%80%
Computer ProgrammerJava Developer2>40%80%
Computer ProgrammerProgrammer2>40%80%
Computer ProgrammerProgrammer Analyst2>40%80%
Computer ProgrammerSoftware Developer2>40%80%
Computer ProgrammerWeb Programmer2>40%80%
SOC TitleJob TitleWage LevelProbability of
of RFE
Computer ProgrammerComputer Programmer3>40%70%
Computer ProgrammerAnalyst Programmer3>40%70%
Computer ProgrammerApplications Developer3>40%70%
Computer ProgrammerComputer Programmer Analyst3>40%70%
Computer ProgrammerInternet Programmer3>40%70%
Computer ProgrammerJava Developer3>40%70%
Computer ProgrammerProgrammer3>40%70%
Computer ProgrammerProgrammer Analyst3>40%70%
Computer ProgrammerSoftware Developer3>40%70%
Computer ProgrammerWeb Programmer3>40%70%
SOC TitleJob TitleWage LevelProbability of
 of RFE
Computer ProgrammerComputer Programmer420%50%
Computer ProgrammerAnalyst Programmer420%50%
Computer ProgrammerApplications Developer420%50%
Computer ProgrammerComputer Programmer Analyst420%50%
Computer ProgrammerInternet Programmer420%50%
Computer ProgrammerJava Developer420%50%
Computer ProgrammerProgrammer420%50%
Computer ProgrammerProgrammer Analyst420%50%
Computer ProgrammerSoftware Developer420%50%
Computer ProgrammerWeb Programmer420%50%

Additionally the probability drops for non IT and Computer Science degrees, the denial rate has increased rapidly in the last 6 months and this denial probability will increase as more Regular Processing case results are known.

Most of the immigration teams are scrambling to find alternate roles, while trying to keep the resource costs lower.

In addition to the above roles mentioned by Onet, several Indian companies are using roles like Project Manager, Program Manager and other Management roles and using SOC code of Computer Programmer. The probability of denial for the Management roles have increased dramatically in recent months.

With very rate of denials for wage level, it is strongly recommended to file under a different SOC code for employees qualifying for wage level 1.


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