I have finished 3 Years bachelor degree from India and I have finished online US master's degree from Stratford University, VA and it's accredited by ACICS and can be found in CHEA database. I was porting my PD with same employer from EB3 to EB2. Job requirement also is required advanced degree. http://www.stratford.edu/accreditation-and-affiliations; http://personify.acics.org/Default.aspx?TabID=204Guidelines from NSC U.S. master’s degree – as long as it is in the field required no additional documents would be required Is it true ?
I am always suspicious of Online diplomas ... especially when coupled, in your case, with a 3 year bachelor's degree.
Since you have an employer, I suggest that you talk to their immigration lawyer. Do NOT waste time talking to the NON-ATTORNEYS in HR.
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When posing this question online, for all attorneys to read, you know as well as any of us that with a 3 year Bachelor's degree issued in India, as well as an "online" diploma accorded by an obscure academic institution your case is far from certain. You'll need to find a reputable foreign diploma evaluation service recognized (and believed) by CIS, issue you an "equivalency" report signed by a university professor to have CIS buy this... A long shot, at best.
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Employer filing EB-2 and the attorney not willing to answer your question?
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I agree with my colleagues. You should speak with your employer's immigration attorney directly and obtain acceptable credential evaluations.
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I agree with the suggestions to talk to the employer's attorney. Strictly speaking, the requirement for an EB-2 is that 1) the position must require the advanced degree, and 2) you must possess the degree or its equivalent. The definition of advanced degree is at 8 CFR §204.5(k)(2). You can check the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE) at http://edge.aacrao.org/info.php to help determine the degree equivalency. In my opinion, what you have just described would not meet the qualifications for an "advanced degree."
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