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  • (b)(6)

    DATE: MAY 1 2 2015

    IN RE: Pet itioner: Be neficiary:

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Administrative Appeals

    20 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., MS 2090 Washington, DC 20529-2090

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    PETITION RECEIPT#:

    PETITION: Pet i t io n for a Non immigrant Worker Pursuant to Section 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) of the Immigration and National i ty Act, 8 U.S .C. § llOl(a)(lS)( H)(i)(b)

    ON BEHAL F OF PETITIONER:

    NO RE PRESENTATIVE OF RECORD

    Enclosed is the non-precede n t decision of t he Admin istrat ive Appeals Office (AAO) for your case.

    If you believe we i ncorrectly decided you r case, you may file a motion requesti ng us to reconsider our decision and/or reopen the proceeding. The requ i rements for motions are located at 8 C.F.R. § 103.5.

    Motions must be f iled o n a Notice of Appeal or Motion (Form I-2908) within 33 days of the date of this decision. The Form I-2908 web page (www.uscis.gov/i-290b) con tai ns the latest i nformation on fee, f il ing

    location, and other requireme n ts. Please do not mail any motions directly to the AAO.

    Thank you,

    Ron Rose nberg Ch ief, Administrative Appeals Office

    www.uscis.gov

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    DISCUSSION: The Director, Vermont Service Center, denied the petition. The matter is now before the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) on appeal. The appeal will be dismissed.

    On the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129), the petitioner describes itself as an "Information Technology" business established in with "100+" employees. In order to employ the beneficiary in what it designates as a full-time "Computer User Program Analyst/Support" position, the petitioner seeks to classify him as a nonimmigrant worker in a specialty occupation pursuant to section 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the Act), 8 U.S.C. § 11 01(a)(1 5)(H)(i)(b).

    The Director denied the petition on the ground that the evidence of record did not establish that there is specialty occupation work available for the beneficiary, and therefore, that the proffered position qualifies for classification as a specialty occupation.

    The record of proceeding contains: (1) the petitioner's Form 1-129 and supporting documentation; (2) the Director's notice of intent to deny (NOID); (3) the petitioner's response to the NOlO; ( 4) the Director's notice of decision; and (5) the petitioner's Notice of Appeal or Motion (Form I-290B) and supporting documentation. We have reviewed the record in its entirety before issuing our decision.

    Upon review of the entire record of proceeding, we find that the evidence of record does not overcome the Director's ground for denying this petition. Accordingly, the appeal will be dismissed.

    I. FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND

    As noted above, the petitioner indicated on the Form 1-129 that it is an information technology business established with "100+" employees. On the Form 1-129, the petitioner listed its address as

    , Georgia. The petitioner indicated that the beneficiary will be employed as a full-time Computer User Program Analyst/Support at the address of

    Georgia, and that he will not work off-site. The petitioner stated that the dates of intended employment are from October 1, 201 4 to September 16, 2017.

    The Labor Condition Application (LCA) submitted to support the pet1t10n states that proffered position is a Computer User Program Analyst/Support, and that it corresponds to Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and title "15-1151, Computer User Support Specialists," from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). The LCA states that the proffered position is a Level II position.

    In a letter of support dated March 30, 2014, the petitioner identified itself as " hereinafter (which] is an information technology wing of " The petitioner stated that ' , another entity under the . _ umbrella is our Information Technology Management wing primarily based in the metro, Georgia area, [sic] through this platform we provide competitive services for designing IT products, consulting,

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    technology and outsourcing.1 The petitioner explained that ' has many in-house projects and its own products, which are maintained and managed by its employees." The petitioner further explained that " GA is [the petitioner's] development and engineering center" and that ' has multiple office locations," including the above. With respect to the duties of the proffered position, the petitioner stated:

    We need the services of a Computer User Program Analyst/Support who will be responsible for administration of Application servers . . . . Read technical manuals, confer with users, or conduct computer diagnostics to investigate and resolve problems or to provide technical assistance and support. Install and perform minor repairs to hardware, software, or peripheral equipment, following design or installation specifications. Maintain records of daily data communication transactions, problems and remedial actions taken, or installation activities. Enter commands and observe system functioning to verify correct operations and detect errors. Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment. Install new hardware or software systems or components, ensuring integration with existing network systems.

    He will also develop, configure, deploy, test, load-balance and programmatically automate the maintenance of J2EE based distributed systems for our in-house environments like Dev, SIT, UAT and Prod. He will be responsible for computer application programming and computer application developing the automation architecture in a scalable way to support our suite of web portals/services in an upward-scalable way. The goal of this ongoing position is to constantly develop computer application programs that facilitate controlled automation and cross­ technology integration for scaling our applications to support our increasing users/customers; by using J2EE based technologies like Oracle Weblogic, JBoss, GlassFish, Aqualogic Service Bus, Websphere and Java Messaging Service (JMS).

    He will be responsible for customizing and scripting the operating system server environment for UNIX based OS like Red Hat Linux 5/6, Sun Solaris 9/10, HPUX and Windows based environments like Windows 2003/2008. Each of our servers contain heavily customized operating system start-up scripts and non-vendor supported kernel modifications. So [the beneficiary] must own these scripts, maintain them and re-code/re-program them as needed to support our in-house new application integration projects or migration projects.

    1 It is unclear who the petitioner is in the instant matter, i.e., whether it is as slated

    on the Form I-129, or as stated in the petitioner's support Jetter, or whether they are one and the same corporate entity. The petitioner stated in its support Jetter that is both a "wing"

    and "another entity." Nevertheless, for the sake of simplicity, we will assume that

    and are the same corporate entity, and we will refer. to them collectively as "the petitioner."

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    The petitioner asserted that the beneficiary will be working on one or more of its internal projects. 2 To "demonstrate what the beneficiary's internal project will be focused on and how his continued work will bring in revenue for the company, " the petitioner referred to a document entitled "FRS­ Functional Requirement Specification, " which the petitioner claims "indicat[ es] the duties and the internal projects the beneficiary will be assigned to." The petitioner asserted that " [ t] he FRS proves that the petitioner has its own internal projects and many of its employees are assigned to these internal projects." The petitioner asserted that the proffered position requires "a person who has attained a degree in the field of Computer Engineering, or Computer Science or related field."

    The petitioner submitted, inter alia, its quarterly tax and wage reports for the fourth quarter of 2013 for the states of Georgia (27 employees), New York (5 employees), California (2 employees), Colorado (1 employee), South Carolina (3 employees), Texas (1 employee), and Massachusetts (2 employees). These reports show that the petitioner has a total of 41 employees.

    The petitioner submitted the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Outlook Handbook (Handbook) chapter on "Computer Support Specialists."

    The petitioner submitted its "Employment Employee Agreement" with the beneficiary ("Employee"). In pertinent part, the employment agreement describes the beneficiary's duties as follows:

    Employees will be responsible for administration of Application servers . . . . Responsibilities will include maintaining the existing environments and creating new ones as need arises, troubleshooting if server is down, deploying new applications onto the servers to make them available to the public and troubleshooting if there are deployment issues of any kind.

    Besides the above full time responsibilities, Employee will be responsible for working with infrastructure engineering team, new application development components and on-going content development on our portals I suite of web services. These requirements are on-going throughout the

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