What Makes an Expert?

What Makes an Expert?

Posted by: Park Evaluations

What Makes an Expert?

When it comes to responding to RFEs having an Expert Opinion Letter to augment the case has become an essential component of any filing. An Expert Opinion Letter can take many forms, such as an evaluation of the candidate’s credentials, an evaluation of the position as a specialty occupation, a combination of the two, or something else entirely. The purpose of these letters is to demonstrate how the subject of the letter meets the criteria set forth by USCIS.

At Park Evaluations, we work with professors from various universities in a multitude of fields of study. We collaborate most frequently with Experts in the fields of Computer Science, Information Technology, Business, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Marketing, Finance, Economics, Data Science, and Mathematics. When recruiting an Expert, we look for several qualifications:

  1. That the professor meets one (or more!) of the following definitions for Expert:
    1. Someone who has prolonged or intense experience through practice and education in a particular field.
    2. Someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded authority and status by peers or the public in a specific well-distinguished domain.
    3. Someone with extensive knowledge or ability based on research, experience, or occupation in a particular area of study.
  2. That the professor has an Authority Letter granted by the Dean, Provost, or Registrar of their university.
  3. That the professor has a number of years teaching at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  4. That the professor holds advanced degrees in their field.
  5. That the professor has outside industry or consulting experience within their field.
  6. That the professor has published articles, research, or books.

Our Experts have expansive CVs; they have submitted to numerous peer-reviewed publications, their work has been cited in different publications, they have obtained grants from prestigious organizations like the NSA or the National Science Foundation, they have consulting work for big players in their respective industries, and more. Many of our professors have more than ten years of experience evaluating immigration casework. In addition, each one of our Experts is hand-selected and vetted by our Evaluator and Writing Team.

Better yet, because our Experts have Authority Letters (a letter that enables them to grant credit on behalf of their universities), their ability to evaluate a candidate’s academic credentials or provide work-experience equivalencies are less likely to be challenged by USCIS! With all of the challenges USCIS makes, having a recognized Expert proves to be one less concern when filing.

Park Evaluations will make sure to provide you with a high-quality Expert Opinion Letter from one of our cutting-edge Experts to ensure a positive response from USCIS.