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I-601 Provisional Waiver – Key Priority of USCIS in 2012

USCIS is considering changes that would allow certain immediate relatives who can demonstrate extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen spouse or parent to receive a provisional waiver of the unlawful presence bars before leaving the United States. On March 15, 2012, USCIS hold a press conference to discusse Strategic Priorities and Initiatives for 2012. USCIS […]

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O1 Approval in Three Days: Applicant is a J1 Holder

As the H1B cap has been reached, many qualified applicants have to file an O1 in order to work for a private employer. We have helped a lot of companies and research institutes obtain the O1 status filed on behalf of their alien workers. Most significantly, the O1 visa is a viable option for J1 […]

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National Interests Waiver: Still a Chance for Success (III)

Trends in Recent NIW decisions We have successfully handled numerous NIW cases for foreign nationals in a wide range of fields, including in civil engineering, medicine, material sciences, software engineering, environmental engineering, and aerospace engineering. We have reviewed a lot of RFEs in NIW cases. In general, NIW is much more difficult to obtain. While […]

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National Interests Waiver: Still a Chance for Success (II)

A. Substantial Intrinsic Merit The engineering of bridges possesses substantial intrinsic merit. NYSDOT states that the importance of bridges, and their proper maintenance, is immediately apparent. If the construction and maintenance of bridges possesses substantial intrinsic merit, many occupations will be similarly deemed to possess substantial intrinsic merit. For example, in our approved NIW cases, […]

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National Interests Waiver: Still a Chance for Success (I)

In 1998 the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) published a precedent decision restricting the use of national interest waivers (NIWs) as a way to bypass labor certification for individuals in the EB-2 immigrant visa category. Since then, USCIS has become increasingly restrictive toward NIW application, which can be evidenced from RREs that frequent request for […]

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Expert Opinion Letters: Key to a Successful NIW Approval

Response-to-RFE: Approval in Five Days for a Self-petitioned NIW from NSC Following the NIW approval in 5 days for a self-petitioned NIW case, our firm received another NIW approval in 5 days, which is quite remarkable for a case filed with the Nebraska Service Center. The applicant filed the NIW on September 29, 2005. The […]

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O-1 Visa: An Alternative to H-1B

Since a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent is the minimum degree requirement for an H-1B visa, this category is perhaps the most frequently used method for U.S employers to hire foreign nationals on a temporary basis. Severity of Unavailability of H1B What is an O-1 Advantages of an O-1 Visa Requirements for the Employer Documentary […]

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