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2013年第四季度EB-1A、EB-1B及NIW的批准情况
作者:刘宗坤律师     发文时间: 2014年02月04日 07:12:02
2013年第四季度EB-1A、EB-1B及NIW的批准情况

I. An Overview

In the 4th quarter of 2013, Liu & Associates had an aggregate total of
eighty-five (85) EB-1A, EB-1B, and NIW I-140 cases approved by the USCIS.
Among the approved I-140 cases, thirty-nine (39) were EB-1A, ten (10) were
EB-1B, and thirty-six (36) were NIW petitions. Towards the end of the year,
the USCIS processing of I-140 petitions slowed down significantly to an
average of twenty-eight (28) approvals per month from an average of forty-
two (42) approvals per month in the first three quarters.

In the 4th quarter of 2013, we had all adjudicated EB-1A or EB-1B I-140
cases approved by the USCIS, and one (1) NIW I-140 case denied by TSC.

For credentials and background information of the recently approved EB-1A,
EB-1B, and NIW I-140 cases, please see our report at http://www.niwus.com/Approvals.html.

II. USCIS E-filing System Change and Its Effects on I-140 Petitions

In May 2012, USCIS made an unannounced change to its electronic filing (e-
filing) system. For many years, e-filed I-140 petitions were processed
exclusively by the Texas Service Center (TSC). But after the change, the
USCIS began to route e-filed I-140 petitions to the USCIS service centers
based on jurisdiction. Therefore, I-140 petitions are now being sent to the
Nebraska Service Center (NSC) if the petitioner is located in states/
territories that fall within the NSC jurisdiction.

This change only affects I-140 cases where petitioners are within the NSC
jurisdiction. NSC currently has I-140 jurisdiction over the following
states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois
, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska,
Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington,
Wisconsin, or Wyoming.

This change does not affect I-140 cases where petitioners are within the TSC
jurisdiction. TSC currently has I-140 jurisdiction over the following
states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia,
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina
, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island,
Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, or West Virginia.

III. Inconsistency of Adjudicatory Standards between NSC and TSC

Although the USCIS strives for consistency between the two service centers,
the NSC historically has had significantly lower I-140 approval rates than
the TSC, especially for EB-1 I-140 petitions. This is clearly evidenced by
the divergent approval rates between the two service centers. According to
a report released in December 2011 by the USCIS Ombudsman’s Office, during
the first three quarters of 2011, the TSC reported an EB-1 I-140 approval
rate of approximately 75%; during the same period, the NSC reported an EB-1
I-140 approval rate of only about 40%. This indicates that many EB-1 I-140
cases with credentials that have a reasonable chance to be approved by the
TSC may only have a slim chance to be approved by the NSC.

Due to this change, if EB-1 I-140 petitioners are located within the NSC
jurisdiction, it is recommended that they have a backup plan in case the EB-
1 I-140 petition is denied by the NSC. Many EB-1 I-140 petitioners/
beneficiaries also file EB-2 petitions based on National Interest Waiver (as
self-petitioner) or PERM (sponsored by employer) as a backup. While this
may be a matter of choice for applicants under the TSC jurisdiction, it may
have become a matter of necessity for many applicants within the NSC
jurisdiction.

If you plan to apply for green card through EB-1A, EB-1B or NIW and want to
know the likelihood of success, you may email your resume to evaluation@
niwus.com for a free and jurisdiction specific evaluation.

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刘宗坤律师(Z. Zac Liu, Esq.), 法学博士(J.D., Valparaiso University School
of Law)、哲学博士(Ph.D., Peking University),伊利诺伊州最高法院及联邦法院
执照,曾担任Valparaiso University Law Review的编辑和审稿人, 著有中英文书籍
多种,散见于中美各大学图书馆。执业以来,他已代理无数名来自世界各地的科研人员
和专业人士成功获得绿卡及各类非移民签证,尤其在国家利益豁免(NIW)、特殊人才
(Eb-1A)、杰出教授和研究员(EB-1B)、PERM 劳工证、H-1B工作签证等方面积累了
丰富的经验。有兴趣提出申请的读者,可将简历发往evaluation@niwus.com。刘律师会
在两个工作日内对符合条件的申请做出免费评估。

Kellie Pai律师,法学博士(J.D.,University of Houston Law Center)、文学学士(B
.A., University of Texas at Austin),德克萨斯州最高法院执照,联邦法院执照,
刘宗坤联合律师事务所合伙人及专业移民律师。

Christina T. Le 律师,法学博士(J.D.,University of Houston Law Center)、文学
学士(B.A., Northwestern University),德克萨斯州最高法院执照,联邦法院执照,
曾任U.S. Department of Justice驻Houston移民法庭Attorney Advisor,现任刘宗坤
联合律师事务所合伙人及专业移民律师。

Sabrina Schroeder律师,法学博士 (J.D., Michigan State University College of
Law)、文学学士 (B.A., Oklahoma State University),密西根州最高法院执照,曾任
Michigan State University Law Review编辑,密西根上诉法院Prehearing Research
Attorney,现任刘宗坤律师事务所专业移民律师。

Karen Egonis 律师,法学博士(J.D.,University of Houston Law Center)、文学硕
士 (M.A., University of South Carolina)、文学学士(B.A., Texas A&M University
),新罕布什尔州最高法院执照,现任刘宗坤联合律师事务所专业移民律师。

Margaret Tung 律师,法学博士、工商管理硕士(J.D. & M.B.A.,Texas Tech
University)、文学学士(B.A., Rice University),德克萨斯州最高法院执照,曾任
Texas Tech University Law Review编辑,现任刘宗坤律师事务所专业移民律师。

Marianna Tuninskaya律师,法学博士(J.D., University of Florida Levin College
of Law)、文学学士(B.A., University of Florida),佛罗里达州最高法院执照,
曾任U.S. Department of Justice驻Houston移民法庭Attorney Advisor,现任刘宗坤
联合律师事务所专业移民律师。

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