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Court: AAO Flubs Kazarian Two-Step in EB-1A Case: Zizi v. Cuccinelli
Posted on 1 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Zizi v. Cuccinelli "Plaintiff, a citizen of Belgium, is a biophysicist who holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. Dkt. 1(Complaint) ¶ 3; Dkt. 24-28 (Certified Administrative Record ("CAR")) at CAR0254. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer... Read More

Tags: AAO , kazarian

Isn't Being Extraordinary More Than Enough?
Posted on 5 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta and Patrick Matutina, Dec. 4, 2019 "We have previously blogged regarding The Curse of Kazarian v. USCIS in Extraordinary Ability Adjudications Under the Employment-Based First Preference. Kazarian v. USCIS , 596 F.3d 1115 (9th Cir.... Read More

The Curse of Kazarian v. USCIS in Extraordinary Ability Adjudications Under the Employment-Based First Preference - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 18 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Dec. 17, 2018 - "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... Read More

For an EB-1 'Extraordinary Ability' Green Card, How Extraordinary Must One Be?
Posted on 7 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

AAO on Kazarian, EB-1 (Extraordinary Ability)
Posted on 7 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Will Kazarian Change the O-1 Visa?
Posted on 29 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[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... Read More

Tags: o-1 , endelman , mehta , kazarian

Dr. Kazarian's Lament
Posted on 1 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" 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... Read More