New developments in the National Interest Waiver green card category

The Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) set a new framework for analyzing National Interest Waiver applications in December of 2016. The AAO vacated its prior 1998 decision in New York State Department of Transportation, known in immigration law as NYSDOT. This new framework, articulated in Matter of Dhanasar, relaxes the standard used to determine if an applicant qualifies, and essentially opens the door to a larger pool of applicants.

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Dessi Mathew