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USCIS Policy Manual Updates (Sept. 17, 2020)

September 17, 2020 (1 min read)

On Sept. 15, 2020, USCIS posted three Policy Manual Updates:

Continuous Residence, Naturalization, Vol. 12, Part D, Chap. 3

Athletes and Entertainers (P), Vol. 2, Part N

Aliens of Extraordinary Ability or Achievement (O), Vol. 2, Part M

On Sept. 17, 2020 USCIS posted a Policy Alert updating the O visa classification:

Policy Highlights

• Expands upon existing guidance for evaluating O-1 eligibility, including how officers determine if the petitioner has satisfied the evidentiary criteria and established in the totality of the evidence that the beneficiary has extraordinary ability, or extraordinary achievement in the motion picture and television industry, as applicable.

• Clarifies the circumstances under which a petitioner may rely upon “comparable evidence” to meet the evidentiary requirements for certain O-1 beneficiaries.