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4 January 2017

AAO issues precedent decision changing the National Interest Waiver standard

On December 27, 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a precedent decision, Matter of Dhanasar, which changes the adjudicatory standard for petitioners seeking a national interest waiver (“NIW”) of the job offer and labor certification requirement.   As background, this waiver is available ... Read More

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28 September 2016

Visa Life-Cycle for Researchers and Scientists

Kathleen Grzegorek

Reprinted with permission from Inside Immigration (Apr. 2013), copyright by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Early Evaluation of Potential IV Eligibility: CV’s Publications, and Other Evidence   For researchers and scientists, we consider: Extraordinary Ability (can self-petition)* Outstanding Researcher (requires employer sponsorship) National Interest Waiver (can self-petition) Schedule A, Group ... Read More

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1 June 2016

Part II: Physicians- Path to Legal Permanent Residency

The Part I of the article covered the journey of an International Medical Graduate (“IMG”) from seeking Residency to an H-1b Visa.  IMG’s who pursue residency program in a J-1 visa are subject to the two (2) years of home residency requirement.  In order to avoid the home residency requirement, ... Read More

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