USCIS updates eligibility for EB-1 immigrant visas.

September 18, 2023

Effective September 12, 2023, USCIS updated its Policy Manual with clearer guidelines pertaining to the eligibility for EB-1 immigrant visa classifications, i.e. extraordinary ability (E11) and outstanding professor or researcher (E12) categories. Similar to previously issued guidance for O-1A nonimmigrants of extraordinary ability, this update seeks to clarify the types of evidence that USCIS evaluates in its adjudication of these petitions.

The update provides more detailed guidance and examples of relevant evidence that may satisfy the established EB-1 criteria, elaborates on what qualifies as comparable evidence, and explains considerations for evaluating such evidence, with a focus on the importance of advancements and achievements in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields.

Although USCIS has permitted feedback until October 12, 2023, the update took effect on the date of issuance. Accel Visa Attorneys will continue to monitor the developments and share any updates as they become available.

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