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Dr. Kazarian's Lament

" In a recently released August memorandum , US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rejected recommendations from the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CISOMB), suggesting clarification of the regulatory standard applied to extraordinary ability, exceptional ability, and outstanding...

For an EB-1 'Extraordinary Ability' Green Card, How Extraordinary Must One Be?

Cyrus D. Mehta, July 5, 2013 , writes: " When Kazarian v. USCIS , 596 F.3d 1115 (9th Cir. 2010), was first decided, it was received with much jubilation as it was thought that the standards for establishing extraordinary ability would be more straightforward and streamlined. Kazarian essentially...

Will Kazarian Change the O-1 Visa?

"[T]o wrap the O-1 in an analytical straitjacket is yet another disturbing example of legislation through interpretation by the USCIS. While the INA itself does not change, what it means most certainly does change. All this comes about without the assent of Congress, whether expressed or implied...

AAO on Kazarian, EB-1 (Extraordinary Ability)

"The Director, Texas Service Center, denied the employment-based immigrant visa petition. The matter is now before the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) on appeal. The appeal will be sustained. The petitioner is a professor and researcher who primarily studies avian brood parasites, i.e., birds...