Using Prizes and Awards to Strengthen the EB-1A Extraordinary Ability Visa

You may be eligible for an employment-based, first-preference (EB-1) immigrant visa (green card)  if you fit into one of the following three categories: Noncitizens of extraordinary ability (EB-1A); Outstanding professors or researchers (EB-1B); or Certain multinational executives or managers (EB-1C). This article will focus on the first category: noncitizens of extraordinary ability (EB-1A), and in READ MORE

What Happens to My Immigration Case if the Government Shuts Down?

The US government is currently operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that expires on November 17, 2023. If Congress fails to pass a new CR or spending bills by that date, the government will shut down.  A government shutdown can have a significant impact on immigration services. Here is an overview of what to expect: READ MORE

USCIS Clarifies Guidance for EB-1 Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Researcher Visa Eligibility

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued new policy guidance to clarify the types of evidence that can be used to establish eligibility for the EB-1 visa, which is a first-preference employment-based visa for individuals with extraordinary ability or in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics (EB-1A), or outstanding researchers or professors (EB-1B). READ MORE

Employers’ Ability to Pay the Wage for Employment-based Immigration

On March 15, 2023, USCIS issued policy guidance to explain how it analyzes an employer’s ability to pay the proffered wage in certain employment-based I-140 immigration petitions, including PERM labor certification-based cases.  This article will discuss this policy guidance as well as the general rules for employers to document their ability to pay the proffered READ MORE

Premium Processing for Immigration Cases Expanded

Frustrated by lengthy processing times for visas and employment authorization? USCIS offers a solution, but it comes at a price and does not affect your chances of success. With premium processing, USCIS guarantees that it will take adjudicative action on your petition within a shortened time frame. That action must either be an approval notice, READ MORE

Agents as Petitioners for O-1 and P-1 Petitions

Beneficiaries of O-1 extraordinary ability and P-1 athlete and entertainer petitions may be sponsored by agents in place of a traditional employer. The agent must be representing a foreign or US single or multiple employers.  This is particularly helpful for petitions involving projects with multiple third party employers where it would be onerous to require READ MORE