CA9 on 'extraordinary ability' - Rijal v. USCIS (mere success is not enough)

"Anil Rijal appeals the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, affirming the denial of his petition for an immigration visa preference as an alien of “extraordinary ability” pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1153...

Canadian Pin-Up Model Wins 'Extraordinary Ability' Green Card for Burlesque

"The world of burlesque has become even more noteworthy, thanks to iconic pin-up model Bettina May . May, a Monday favourite and creator of Victoria’s first two neo-burlesque troupes, the BettiLu Bombshells and the group now known as the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue, has just received the first...

Athlete Is Short of ‘Extraordinary’ in Visa Bid

"An immigration case involving an Iranian table tennis player has raised question about exactly what status an international athlete must achieve before being granted preferential entry into the United States. Is it enough to be the best in your own home country? Or must you also be among the best...

To Get Green Cards, These Immigrants Must Prove They Are Extraordinary

"One is a federal scientist with a Harvard pedigree and a body of ground-breaking research. The other is a burlesque performer with the looks of Rita Hayworth and a ground-shaking shimmy. Both women have been deemed “aliens of extraordinary ability” by Uncle Sam -- an elite cadre of...

The EB-1 'Extraordinary Ability' Green Card: Subjective, Difficult

"Legal experts say that ever since the EB-1 program was implemented in 1990, there has been confusion about what qualifies as "extraordinary" or "outstanding." In a 2010 paper, immigration lawyers Chris Gafner of New York City and Stephen Yale-Loehr of Ithaca, N.Y., wrote about...