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  • Call for Examples: 2014 L-1B Specialized Knowledge Denials (4/15/2014)
    The American Immigration Council and AILA are seeking examples of L-1B petition denials issued in 2014 based on USCIS’s conclusion that the beneficiary did not possess “specialized knowledge.” Please send us your examples by April 30, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14030544.
  • USCIS Offers Solution for Courier-Delayed FY2015 H-1B Cap Filings (Updated 7pm) (4/3/2014)
    USCIS has informed AILA Liaison that due to reported courier delivery problems, USCIS will accept second H-1B petitions for FY2015 H-1B petitions in certain limited circumstances. USCIS is continuing to monitor the situation. Watch InfoNet for updates.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040344.
  • Call for Examples: H-1B LCA/O*Net RFEs (3/31/2014)
    Have you received an RFE for an H-1B petition stating the LCA O*Net classification does not correspond to the H-1B petition? Questioning how wage Level I supports a specialty occupation? An FDNS site visit analyzing LCA O*Net classification compared to the described job duties? AILA wants to know!
    AILA Doc. No. 14033144.
  • AILA Notes from SCOPS Teleconference (3/5/14)(592 KB - 3/21/2014)
    AILA notes from a teleconference with SCOPS on 3/5/14. Topics include J-1 exceptional hardship waivers, TPS processing times, G-28s, and individual case liaison assistance.
    AILA Doc. No. 14032147.
  • AILA Notes on Liaison Q&As with SCOPS (1/29/14)(625 KB - 2/20/2014)
    AILA notes from a teleconference with SCOPS on 1/29/14. Topics include the FY2015 H-1B cap season, deference to prior cap exemption, physician-based national interest waivers, troublesome RFEs and denials, receipting of time-sensitive filings, and OPT based on unpaid employment.
    AILA Doc. No. 14022045.
  • Transferring an I-485 from a Physician NIW to a PERM-Based I-140(491 KB - 1/22/2014)
    AILA practice pointer explaining the ability of a physician to transfer a pending adjustment of status application based on a physician NIW petition to a subsequently filed and approved PERM-based or other I-140 petition. Special thanks to the AILA Healthcare/Physicians Committee.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012246.
  • Practice Pointer: Timing Issues in Preparing J-1 Physician Waivers(493 KB - 1/14/2014)
    AILA practice pointer outlining a number of timing issues attorneys must take into account when assisting an international medical graduate in obtaining a waiver of the two-year home residency requirement based on an agreement to provide 3 years of full-time medical service in an underserved area.
    AILA Doc. No. 14011450.