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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent this bulletin at 12/22/2011 02:40 PM EST
The USCIS Office of Public Engagement invites any interested individuals to participate in a teleconference on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 1:30 to 3:00pm(EST).
Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of USCIS, as well as Robert Silvers,
Senior Counselor to the Director, and Stephen Legomsky, the agency’s Chief Counsel, will
address the analysis that USCIS officers use when evaluating evidence
submitted in support of Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker.
2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reviewed an AAO
decision that dismissed the appeal of an extraordinary ability petition.
Kazarian v. USCIS, 596 F.3d 1115
(9th Cir. 2010). The court concluded that while the AAO raised
legitimate reservations about the significance of the submitted
evidence, the AAO should have analyzed the concerns in a subsequent
"final merits determination." Id. at 1121-22. On December 22, 2010, USCIS issued a Policy Memorandum
based on the Ninth Circuit Court decision that provides guidance for
evaluating evidence submitted in support of a Form I-140 filed for:
Aliens of Extraordinary Ability under section 203(b)(1)(A) of the
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA); Outstanding Professors or
Researchers under section 203(b)(1)(B) INA; and Aliens of Exceptional
Ability under section 203(b)(2) INA.
Earlier this year, USCIS sought feedback from our stakeholders on the Kazarian
decision through the solicitation of amicus briefs. Director Mayorkas
would like to further engage on this topic and discuss the agency’s
ongoing commitment to ensuring consistent and quality adjudications in
To Participate in the Session
If you plan to participate, please provide your full name and the organization you represent no later than Tuesday, January 17, 2012 to the Office of Public Engagement at Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov. Please reference “I-140 teleconference” in the subject line of your email.
To Join the Call
the day of the engagement please use the information below to join the
session by phone. We recommend calling in 10 minutes prior to the start
of the teleconference.
Call-in Number: 1-888-469-1174