Comment: USCIS Acknowledges Weakness

Speaking at MIT recently, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas acknowledged that our current immigration system is stifling economic prosperity, particularly in the high-tech and start-up fields. To combat this, Mayorkas notes the service is training additional adjudicators to handle petitions like H-1B’s and that adjudicators have been advised to be somewhat less critical of petitions coming from start-ups than they were five years ago. Professor Vivek Wadhwa lauded Mayorkas’ moves, but also raised the continuing issue of human error that USCIS has not been able to properly address – that the same petition before different adjudicators might yield disparate results. Wadhwa was also critical of the USCIS policies that make movement by entrepreneurs difficult and time consuming, often to a point where those bright people choose not to bother with hassle that accompanies immigrating to the U.S. USCIS deserves some credit for publicizing immigration options for entrepreneurs, like through the new “Entrepreneur Pathways” website, but the service has not yet done the heavy lifting, so to speak – relaxing its draconian policies that Mayorkas publicly admits no longer work in today’s global economy and cutting out unnecessary red tape. How else can and should the service tackle this growing problem? Share your thoughts with us at and read recaps of Mayorkas’ comments here and here.

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Focus: Notice of Inspection, now what?

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