NY Times Features Sports Extraordinary Abilities Visa Case

On Friday, the NY Times had a feature article about a failed extraordinary abilities visa case involving an Iranian Olympic athlete in table tennis.  The case, which Gafner Law Firm had no affiliation with,  reached the Federal District Court after the USCIS denied a case that it initially approved.

Although this case ultimately failed, …

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New I-140 Form Introduced

The USCIS has introduced a new I-140 form.   The I-140 form is used by foreign nationals seeking permanent residency in the United States through an employment-based visa.  For example, the I-140 is used in conjunction with the extraordinary abilities visa (EB 1-1) and the national visa waiver visa (NIW).

The USCIS periodically issues new versions …

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Employment-Based Immigrant Statistics 2002-2011

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced how many employment-based immigrants became lawful permanent residents in 2011.  The chart below breaks down the immigrants into their priority classification (e.g. first through five priority).  Additionally, the chart provides historical statistics for each of the five priority classifications for the last ten years.

Of note is the …

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DHS Ombudsman Recommends Improving Extraordinary Abilities Visa’s Objectivity

On December 29, 2011, the DHS Ombudsman issued a report highlighting the inadequacies of the current extraordinary abilities visa and outstanding researcher/professor visa adjudication process.  Additionally, the report recommended numerous improvements to the adjudication process.

The report highlighted that many employers and potential applicants have complained about their inability to truly understand the requirements of …

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Cornell, Technion, and New York City Get It, Will the U.S. Government?

Yesterday, New York City Mayor Bloomberg announced that the joint team of Cornell University and Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology had won the city’s competition to develop a world-class technological institute on Roosevelt Island.  It is hoped that it will be a catalyst to creating new and innovative companies in the New York City …

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Most EB1 Applicants Already In United States

Each year, the Department of Homeland Security provides statistics from the previous year.  These statistics provide great insight into immigration trends – especially when compared to previous years’ statistics.

This holds especially true for the best and brightest immigrants – including those applying through the extraordinary abilities visa and the outstanding professors and researchers visa.  …

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EB 1 Visa Statistics Released by Immigration Agency

The Immigration Agency (USCIS) in the United States has released its data on EB-1 cases from 2010 and 2011.  The data, although not a complete picture of the EB-1 Visa – provides statistics that reflect what many EB-1 Visa Lawyers have been feeling about the category.

For example, statistics show that Requests for Further Evidence …

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Monthly AAO Processing Times Report

The USCIS has issued its AAO processing times report for July 2011.   AAO stands for Administrative Appeals Office and is the part of the immigration agency that reviews appeals to certain immigration decisions made by the immigration agency.  A few of the more popular immigration categories are listed below (along with the processing time):

K-1 …

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Permanent Residency Worker Petitions Filed at New Address

The USCIS has recently announced that all I-140 permanent residency petitions that are not premium processed will need to be submitted to the USCIS’s Dallas Lockbox.  The I-140 petition is used for immigrants who seek to gain permanent residency through employment, including EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 visa applicants.

The new address is:

USCIS Dallas Lockbox

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EB 11 and EB 12 Visa Approval Statistics Released By USCIS

The USCIS has recently released its statistics on the approval rates for the EB 11 Visa (Extraordinary Abilities Visa) and the EB 12 Visa (Outstanding Professors and Researchers).  These two immigrant visa types are the most enticing immigrant visas that the United States has to offer top notch immigrants.  Here are the statistics:

EB 1-1 …

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Chris Gafner Co-authors Brief Included in Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country

NYC Immigration lawyer Chris Gafner has co-authored a legal brief that has been published in Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country.  The book, edited by Deborah Robinson and Mona Parsa, is now available for purchase.  Each brief in the book focuses on one piece of immigration …

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Attracting the Best and Brightest – An Immigration Article Published By Chris Gafner

Immigration attorney Chris Gafner has published an immigration law article entitled Attracting the Best and Brightest: A Critique Of The Current Immigration System.  Published in the Fordham Urban Law Journal,the article provides an in-depth analysis of the current U.S. immigration system for attracting the best and brightest immigrants to the United States.  The article also …

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USCIS Updates its EB 1-A and EB 1-B Visa Criteria Guidelines

The USCIS recently released a policy memorandum concerning its adjudication of EB 1-A visa and EB 1-B Visa.  The memorandum updates the USCIS’s guidelines to its adjudicators as to how to review an application’s documentation and refines how the adjudicators analysis each petition.

The EB 1-A visa (also known as the EB 1-1 visa) is …

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USCIS Issues Preliminary Template For EB-1 Decisions

The USCIS recently released a preliminary template for its adjudicators to follow when deciding EB-1 decisions.   The release was made to allow EB-1-1 practitioners the opportunity to comment on the revised template before it became final.

The USCIS decided to review and revise its process for granting EB-1-1 visa decisions following a 9th Circuit Court …

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EB1VisaLawyer.com Launched for High Priority Immigrant Workers

Gafner Law Firm has launched a new website, EB1VisaLawyer.com.  The website focuses on the immigration options for the best and brightest immigrants that want to come to the United States.  The site provides general information about the EB 1-1 Visa for individuals with extraordinary abilities, the EB 1-2 Visa for Outstanding Professors and Researchers, the …

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