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CASE: PERM Labor Certification

 

EMPLOYER: Culture Center

 

BENEFICIARY: Chinese Educational Services Market Research Analyst

 

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

 

Our client’s beneficiary is Chinese, who is currently working at a culture center in Cleveland, OH on an H-1B. The company was willing to do an immigration petition for her, second-preference. Our client has a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

 

After talking to our client, our firm concluded that her employer can petition her as an Educational Services Market Research Analyst. Based on the beneficiary’s educational background and the position offered, our office did PERM with an EB-2 classification.

 

Prior to filing PERM labor certification, our firm prepared the prevailing wage request, job order, advertisements, internal job posting, recruitment report, and all other steps which are important pre-PERM filing. Take note that the PERM Labor Certification application could be filed at least 60 days from the job posting date or 30 days from the last ad.

 

On September 26, 2014, the prevailing wage request was filed.  On January 28, 2015, we filed the PERM labor certification application.  Eventually, on August 19, 2015, the PERM labor certification was approved – an EB2 position for the Chinese Educational Services Market Research Analyst, WITHOUT any audits. Now our client can file an I-140 Petition.

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Post image for Nurse Practitioner EB-2 Schedule A I-140 Approval for South Korean Beneficiary and Physician’s Office Petitioner in Florida

CASE: I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A / Premium Processing

 

EMPLOYER: Physician’s Office

 

BENEFICIARY: South Korean

 

LOCATION: Florida

 

Our client is a certified nurse practitioner. Her prospective employer was willing to petition her for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since she was a certified nurse practitioner, she was eligible for “Schedule A” classification.

 

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without first going to the DOL for a labor certification. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. The position of Nurse Practitioner is included in Schedule A.

 

Our client has a Bachelors and Masters degree in nursing and is a certified Nurse Practitioner. Our office was retained on May 5, 2015 and we filed the Prevailing Wage Determination immediately.

 

We filed the I-140 application on July 20, 2015 via premium processing. We included the job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents.

 

In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why nurse practitioners must fall under the Schedule A designation.  However, on July 29, 2015, the USCIS Texas Service Center issued a Request for Evidence (RFE) and asked to submit Petitioner’s entire tax record and explanation regarding its place of employment. Our office prepared the Response to RFE and filed it to the USCIS on August 10, 2015. Eventually, on August 19, 2015, the USCIS Texas Service Center approved her EB-2 I-140 petition. Since the priority date for South Korean national is current for the EB-2 category, she is eligible to file her adjustment of status application now.

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Post image for Green Card Approval EB-2 Schedule A I-140 for Kenyan Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota

CASE: I-485 Adjustment of Status / I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A

APPLICANT: Kenyan Nurse Practitioner

LOCATION: Minnesota

 

Our client is a certified nurse practitioner. His prospective employer was willing to petition him for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since he was a certified nurse practitioner, he was eligible for “Schedule A” classification.

 

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without first going to the DOL for a labor certification. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. The position of Nurse Practitioner is included in Schedule A.

 

Our client has a Bachelors and Masters degree in nursing and is a certified Nurse Practitioner. Our office was retained and we filed the Prevailing Wage Determination immediately.

 

We filed the I-140 application on September 23, 2014 via regular processing. We included the job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents. Moreover, we filed our client’s I-485 adjustment of status application concurrently with the I-140 petition.

 

In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why nurse practitioners must fall under Schedule A designation.  On March 26, 2015, without any Request for Evidence (RFE), the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved his EB-2 I-140 petition. Eventually, our client’s adjustment of status application was approved on June 3, 2015. Now, our client is a green card holder. 

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Post image for Green Card Approval for Schedule A Mental Health Program Nurse Manager Based on EB2 I-140 Approval for Filipina in Michigan

CASE: I-485 adjustment of status based on approved I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A

EMPLOYER: Nursing Care Facility

BENEFICIARY: Filipina

LOCATION: Michigan

 

Our client is from the Philippines and her prospective employer-sponsor was willing to petition her for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since she has a registered nurse license and the proffered position for her is a mental health program nurse manager, she is eligible for “Schedule A” classification.

 

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without having to file a Labor Certification with the Department of Labor. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. We argued that the position of Mental Health Program Nurse Manager should be included in Schedule A.

 

Our client has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and a Master’s degree in psychology. She also has a registered nursing license in the state of Michigan. Our office was retained on July 25, 2014 and we started on the Prevailing Wage Determination filing and other related matters.

 

After the prevailing wage was determined, we filed the I-140 application on September 24, 2014 via premium processing. We included the job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents. In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why mental health program nurse managers must fall under Schedule A designation and Eb-2 classification. 

 

On October 1, 2014, without any Request for Evidence (RFE), the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved her EB-2 I-140 petition. Once the I-140 petition was approved, our client retained our office again for her I-485 adjustment of status application. Our office filed an I-485 adjustment of status application for our client on October 7, 2014. Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices and fingerprint appointment came on time.

 

Eventually, on May 27, 2015, the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved our client’s adjustment of status application. Now, she finally is a green card holder. 

 

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CASE: I-485 adjustment of status based on Approved I-140 (EB-2)

APPLICANT: Zambian Business Operating Manager

LOCATION: Texas

Our client is a business operating manager from Zambia, who used to work at a radio broadcasting company in Texas under his OPT program. While he was working there, the company was willing to do an immigration petition for him, second-preference. Our client has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and has worked for this company for a year under the OPT program. Currently, our client is in F-2 status.

After talking to our client, our firm concluded that his potential employer can petition him as a Business Operating Manager. Based on our client’s educational, professional and working background as an engineer and management analyst, our office determined that he is eligible for EB-2 classification.

Prior to filing the PERM labor certification, our firm prepared the prevailing wage request, job order, advertisements, internal job posting, recruitment report, and all other steps which are important pre-PERM filing. Take note that the PERM Labor Certification application could be filed at least 60 days from the job posting date or 30 days from the last ad.

Within a week from our retention, the prevailing wage request was filed.  On January 9, 2014, we filed the PERM labor certification application.  Eventually, on June 23, 2014, the PERM labor certification was approved.

Once the PERM was certified, we then proceeded with the I-140 petition filing. Our office submitted the “ability to pay” letter for the I-140 petition application on July 11, 2014 via premium processing. We included the job offer letter, employer’s tax records, and other necessary supporting documents. However, on July 23, 2014, the USCIS Texas Service Center issued a Notice of Intent to Deny for our client’s I-140 petition. According to the Notice of Intent to Deny, the USCIS requested the Petitioner to prove “ability to pay” for beneficiary’s proposed salary. In response to that, our office showed the beneficiary’s previous pay stubs and demonstrated that his previous salary was over and above the prevailing wage for his proposed position. Our office filed Response to Notice of Intent to Deny including a 7-page brief and supporting evidence to overcome the CIS’ arguments on August 11, 2014.

Eventually, the USCIS approved the I-140 petition on August 15, 2014. Once the I-140 petition was approved, our client retained our office again for his and his family’s I-485 adjustment of status applications. Our office filed an I-485 adjustment of status application for our client and his derivative family members on August 21, 2014. Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices and fingerprint appointment came on time.

However, on April 20, 2015, the USCIS issued Request for Evidence for our client’s I-485 adjustment of status application. The USCIS requested our client to explain the connection between his OPT employment and the degree conferred to him in the United States. In response to the RFE, our office filed a response brief with his previous employer’s attestation regarding the job duties of our client. We filed the RFE response to the USCIS on May 13, 2015.

Eventually, on May 27, 2015, the USCIS Texas Service Center approved our client and his family members’ adjustment of status applications. Now, our client and his family finally are green card holders.

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Post image for Immigrant Visa Approval Based on EB-2 I-140 Schedule A Category Petition Approval for Filipina Nurse Practitioner Beneficiary in Manila

CASE: Immigrant Visa/ I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A

EMPLOYER: Physician’s Office

BENEFICIARY: Filipina Nurse Practitioner

LOCATION: Petitioner is in Honolulu, Hawaii; Beneficiary is in Manila, Philippines

 

Our client is a certified nurse practitioner. Her prospective employer was willing to petition her for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since she was a certified nurse practitioner, she was eligible for “Schedule A” classification. The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without first going to the DOL for a labor certification. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. The position of Nurse Practitioner is included in Schedule A.

 

Our client has a Bachelor and Masters degree in nursing and is a certified Nurse Practitioner. Our office was retained on June 10, 2014 and we started the Prevailing Wage Determination filing and other related matters.

 

We filed the I-140 application on September 25, 2014 via premium processing. We included the job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents. In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why nurse practitioners must fall under the Schedule A designation.  On October 7, 2014, without any Request for Evidence (RFE), the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved her EB-2 I-140 petition.

 

After her I-140 was approved, our client retained our office again for her immigrant visa processing. Once we were retained, our office filed the immigrant visa packets to the National Visa Center on January 12, 2015, who in turn forwarded the client’s materials to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. An interview notice was set for the client at the U.S. Embassy in Philippines. On May 11, 2015, our client appeared at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. The interview went well, and the Embassy approved and issued her immigrant visa.

 

With the approved Immigrant Visa, our client can come to the United States immediately, and she will get her green card within two months of entry.

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CASE: I-140 / National Interest Waiver

CLIENT: Honduran

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

 

Our client contacted us in 2014 about the possibility of doing a National Interest Waiver. He is a researcher in the field of agriculture and geography research, and is currently working as a Research Analyst / Geospatial Analyst at one of the International NGOs in Washington, D.C.

 

His significant contributions have placed him at the pinnacle of the field of agriculture and geography research; specifically, advancement in finding policy solutions for food and nutrition security in developing areas domestically and developing countries through the application of geographical analysis tools and approaches. Throughout his research career, our client has provided innovative solutions for determining measurable geographical features that relates to different levels of West Nile virus transmission and vector abundance. Although our client does not have a Ph. D. degree (He has Master’s Degree), our client’s work has been highly evaluated by the reviewers of various journals and by colleagues and experts in his field of endeavor.

 

Upon review of his credentials and qualifications, our office determined that he was qualified for the National Interest Waiver (NIW) category. Being qualified for NIW is beneficial since you would not need an employer nor family member to petition for you for green card purposes. You’d be eligible for a self-petition and unless you are from China or India, in which case you’d still have to wait for priority dates to be current, you would be eligible to apply for adjustment of status (green card) immediately without any lag in priority dates.

 

As a primer, NIW applicants must have a master’s or higher degree. The landmark immigration case that discusses the standards for NIWs is Matter of New York State Department of Transportation, 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Comm.1998). This case held that the qualifying applicant must show the following elements in his or her I-140 NIW petition: First, it must be shown that the alien seeks employment in an area of substantial intrinsic merit. Next, it must be shown that the proposed benefit will be national in scope. Finally, the petitioner seeking the waiver must establish that the alien will serve the national interest to a substantially greater degree than would an available U. S. worker having the same minimum qualifications.

 

Our office prepared a 22-page brief for our client’s NIW filing. Our client also obtained 9 letters of recommendation from his colleagues and internationally-recognized researchers in his field. Our office also included his publication records, presentation records, and conference materials in the NIW application. We demonstrated the intrinsic merit of our client’s research in the United States, the national scope of his research, and asserted that our client would serve the national interest to a substantially greater degree than would an available U.S. worker having the same minimum qualifications. His NIW application contained 36 exhibits (Exhibit A to JJ).

 

Our office filed his I-140(NIW) petition to the USCIS Texas Service Center on June 16, 2014. On May 6, 2015, the USCIS approved his I-140 petition without any Requests for Evidence.  Now, with the approved NIW I-140 petition, he can file his adjustment of status application at any time.

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CASE: I-485 adjustment of status / I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A

 

EMPLOYER: Physician’s Office

 

BENEFICIARY: South Korean Nurse Practitioner

 

LOCATION: Greater Houston Area, TX

 

Our client is a certified nurse practitioner. Her prospective employer was willing to petition her for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since she was a certified nurse practitioner, she was eligible for “Schedule A” classification.

 

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without first going to the DOL for a labor certification. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. The position of Nurse Practitioner is included in Schedule A.

 

Our client has a Bachelors and Masters degree in nursing and is a certified Nurse Practitioner. Our office was retained on June 10, 2014 and we filed a Prevailing Wage Determination Request immediately.

 

We filed the I-140 application on October 6, 2014 via premium processing. We included the job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents.

 

In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why nurse practitioners must fall under the Schedule A designation.

 

On October 21, 2014, without any Request for Evidence (RFE), the USCIS Texas Service Center approved her EB-2 I-140 petition. Once the I-140 petition was approved, our client retained our office again for her I-485 adjustment of status application. Our office filed an I-485 adjustment of status application for our client on December 9, 2014. Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices and fingerprint appointment came on time.

 

Eventually, on April 16, 2015, the USCIS Texas Service Center approved our client’s adjustment of status application. Now, she finally is a green card holder. 

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CASE: I-140 / National Interest Waiver / Response to RFE

 

CLIENT: Korean

 

LOCATION: Gainesville, FL

 

Our client contacted us in October 2014 to get legal assistance for an NIW Response to Request for Evidence (RFE) he obtained after he filed the NIW Self-Petition himself. He is a post-doctorate researcher and scientist in the field of ferroelectric material and biomedical research, and is currently working as a post-doctorate researcher in an academic institution in Gainesville, FL. In May 2014, our client filed an I-140 NIW self-petition to the USCIS by himself. However, in September 2014, the USCIS issued a Request for Evidence and requested our client to demonstrate the following:

 

·         The petitioner (our client) must establish that he has a past record of specific prior achievement with some degree of influence on the field as a whole;

·         The petitioner must establish, in some capacity, the beneficiary’s ability to serve the national interest to a substantially greater extent than the majority of others in the field;

·         The petitioner must establish that the beneficiary’s skills or background are unique and innovative and serve the national interest; and

·         The petitioner must persuasively demonstrate that the national interest would be adversely affected if a labor certification were required.

 

During consultation stage, our office reviewed our client’s credentials and qualifications.  Moreover, our office reviewed the copy of his initial I-140 NIW filing which was done by our client himself.  After review, we determined that our client was clearly qualified for the National Interest Waiver (NIW) category because he has over 900 citations and his significant contributions have placed him at the pinnacle of his field. Throughout his research career, our client has successfully developed a series of dielectric materials and structures for Radio Frequency (RF) tunable and dynamic random access memory applications such as: A and B site doped barium strontium titanate, Lead strontium titanate and hetero-layered lead strontium titanate, etc.  These dielectric materials and hetero-layered thin films would benefit the United States in many aspects of our economy, national defense, and environment. Our client’s research work were highly evaluated by reviewers of various journals and by colleagues and experts in the field.

 

Our client received an RFE because he did not demonstrate his “exceptional ability” and outstanding past accomplishments by using the standards for NIW. The landmark immigration case that discusses the standards for NIWs is Matter of New York State Department of Transportation , 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Comm.1998). This case held that the qualifying applicant must show the following elements in his or her I-140 NIW petition: First, it must be shown that the alien seeks employment in an area of substantial intrinsic merit. Next, it must be shown that the proposed benefit will be national in scope. Finally, the petitioner seeking the waiver must establish that the alien will serve the national interest to a substantially greater degree than would an available U. S. worker having the same minimum qualifications.

 

Our client retained us on October 24, 2014. He received seven (7) more letters of recommendation from his colleagues and internationally-recognized scientists for his Response to RFE. Our office prepared a 28-page brief for our client’s Response to RFE. Our office also included his publication records, presentation records, and conference materials in the NIW application.  In the response brief, we demonstrated the intrinsic merit of our client’s research in the United States, the national scope of his research, and asserted that our client would serve the national interest to a substantially greater degree than would an available U.S. worker having the same minimum qualifications.

 

Our office filed his Response to RFE to the USCIS Texas Service Center on December 10, 2014 with substantial amount of supporting documents. On April 6, 2015, the USCIS approved his I-140 petition. When he filed his I-140 petition, he simultaneously filed his adjustment of status application (I-485). Since his I-140 petition was approved, his adjustment of status application will likely be approved soon.

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CASE: I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A

EMPLOYER: Physician’s Office

BENEFICIARY: Kenya

LOCATION: Minnesota

Our client is a certified nurse practitioner. His prospective employer was willing to petition him for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since he was a certified nurse practitioner, he was eligible for “Schedule A” classification.

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without first going to the DOL for a labor certification. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. The position of Nurse Practitioner is included in Schedule A.

Our client has a Bachelors and Masters degree in nursing and is a certified Nurse Practitioner. Our office was retained and we filed the Prevailing Wage Determination immediately.

We filed the I-140 application on September 23, 2014 via regular processing. We included the job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents. Moreover, we filed our client’s I-485 adjustment of status application concurrently with the I-140 petition.

In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why nurse practitioners must fall under the Schedule A designation.  On March 26, 2015, without any Request for Evidence (RFE), the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved his EB-2 I-140 petition. His I-485 adjustment of status application will be approved as well.

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