Was on
F-1 Status 01/2016 – 05/2018 to pursue Master’s Degree
CPT 9/2017-12/2017
Graduated with MBA May 2018 -
OPT 6/2018 – 6/2019
Employer applied for H1-B (selected in visa lottery selected in April)
H1-B -RFE sent 8/2019 Response submitted 11/7/2019
H1-B denied – 11/09/2019 – USCIS mailed decision 11/14/2019
I talked to DSO who tried to submit a request for a data fix for SEVP to change status from completed to active – 11/22/2019
USCIS denied request 12/18/2019 USCIS
Applied for Reinstatement I-539 with a new I-20 01/23/2020
New Program: Masters in Accountancy to prepare for CPA exam
USCIS sent RFE 05/05/2020
Responded to RFE 06/05/2020
USCIS denied Reinstatement 06/25/2020 – stating, “normal progression for a student with a master’s degree is progression to a higher level degree such as doctorate. Your response indicated that you are pursuing a second master’s degree to take CPA exam, which is the same level as the program you just completed. you have not demonstrated that you are making normal progress toward completing a course of study”.

How can I argue that pursuing a second master can be considered normal progress?


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Last Modified: July 25, 2020

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