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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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U.S. Department of State Issues March Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State has issued the March Visa Bulletin very early this month. 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. EB-2 India moved forward one week, from January 22, 2005 to February 1, 2005. EB-2 China moved forward by one and a half months, from May 22, 2005 to July 8, 2005.
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USCIS Updates Power of Attorney Signature Policy

February 4, 2010
News & Updates, USCIS
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had previously issued a signature policy memorandum that would require signatures by an authorized company representative on all forms and letters for cases filed by the company. This would remove a company’s ability to have forms and letters signed by outside counsel pursuant to a power of attorney letter. For now, companies can continue to have forms and letters signed by authorized outside counsel, as USCIS has temporarily withdrawn its recent policy memorandum that would have required that signatures come from company representatives.
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