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State Department Releases April 2010 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State has issued the April 2010 Visa Bulletin. The good news is that the numbers show immigrant visa retrogression going in the right direction. But this good news is tempered by the modest gains. The first preference category (EB-1) remains current for all countries. The second preference category (EB-2) remains current for all countries, except for India and China.
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Ninth Circuit Court Rules Against USCIS’s Arbitrary RFE Thresholds

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) in a case brought by the American Immigration Council challenging certain thresholds adopted in an EB-1 Extraordinary Ability immigrant petition case (Kazarian). USCIS issued a request for evidence (“RFE”) and later denied the case. In citing the basis for denial, USCIS stated that the petitioner had not sufficiently established that the beneficiary’s publications had received acclaim from the research community. This standard is not required under the law.
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