Comment: AAO Decision Creates New NIW Standard
In a precendent setting decision in The Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016), AAO has set forth a new standard for EB-2 National Interest Waivers. The decision criticizes and replaces the NYSDOT standard with a three-part one "that will provide greater clarity, apply more flexibly to circumstances of both petitioning employers and self-petitioning individuals, and better advance the purpose of the broad discretionary waiver provision to benefit the United States."
USCIS may grant a national interest waiver if the petitioner demonstrates by a preponderance of the evidence: (1) that the foreign national's proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance; (2) that the foreign national is well positioned to advance the proposed endeavor; and (3) that, on balance, it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the requirements of a job offer and thus of a labor certification. If these three elements are satisfied, USCIS may approve the national interest waiver as a matter of discretion.Please read articles on the decision by Charles Kuck, Greg Siskind and Cliff Rosenthal below as well as the decision itself in today's issue of Immigration Daily.
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