Conservation & Restoration of Antiques

From: Shannon Hession, Esq.
Date: 09 Jul 1999
Time: 18:41:26
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I am an attorney in New York filing a visa petition for an individual for the position of Antique Conservator. The category that we are filing under requires that the position be a "specialty occupation" (i.e. professional) and that such position require an individual with at least a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a field relating to the occupation. The individual I am filing for has experience in the field and a diploma in antique conservation from West Dean College. A professional evaluator has equated my client's credentials to a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. The INS has sent us a request for additional information - basically stating that they do not think that the position of Antique Conservator requires an individual with a Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Specifically, they ask for evidence that in the industry, a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) is required as a standard minimum for the position offered. Does anyone have any suggections??