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On September 12, 2023, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued Policy Guidance to clarify the types of evidence that it may evaluate to determine eligibility for extraordinary ability (E11) and outstanding professor or researcher (E12) EB-1 immigrant visa classifications.

The update adds clarifying guidance describing examples of evidence that may satisfy the relevant evidentiary criteria or qualify as comparable evidence, as well as considerations for evaluating such evidence, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields.

It also clarifies how officers evaluate the totality of the evidence to determine eligibility for E11 extraordinary ability and E12 outstanding professor or researcher petitions and provides examples of positive factors that officers may consider.

USCIS may also make other minor technical, stylistic, and conforming changes consistent with this update.

To view the Policy update, click here.

If you have questions about the EB-1 Visa approval process, please schedule a consultation today with one of our immigration attorneys.


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