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Would you detail the circumstances when to use the magic language?
Answer by Joel Stewart:
The "magic language" is found at 656.17(h)(4)(ii) --
"If the alien beneficiary already is employed by the employer, and the
alien does not meet the primary job requirements and only potentially
qualifies for the job by virtue of the employer's alternative
requirements, certification will be denied unless the application states
that any suitable combination of education, training, or experience is
In other words, there are two conditions for the magic language to kick
(1) Alien is emloyed by the employer
(2) Alien only qualifies by virtue of alternative requirements.
The best example would be a second pref case --
The primary qualifications would be a master's degree.
The alternate would be a bachelor's plus five years progressive
The alien does not have a master's degree and is working for the
Ergo, magic language required in item h-14.
Extra tip: We use the magic language to "soften" unusual combinations
of experience, education and training. Where the requirements are wide
apart (like a degree in business but the job is for an engineer) you can
overcome the apparent inconsistency (business v engineering) by stating
the magic language.
There is nothing new about the magic language....according to the
Kellogg cases in pre-PERM, you had to be very flexible on the issue of
related or alternate requirements, and you had to consider US workers
required under pre-PERM law if they had "any combination of experience,
education or training" in the specific requirements.
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