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Immigration Blog

by Laurie Woog, Immigration Lawyer

Immigration and the Corona Virus

Immigration and Covid-19: What Employers and Immigrants Need to Know

The current pandemic has caused unprecedented changes to many aspects of life as we knew it, and immigration is no exception. The public health and economic ramifications of the novel coronavirus a...
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USCIS Addresses the National Interest Waiver

Last year, the Administrative Appeals Office of the United States Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a decision that focused on national interest waivers, the EB-2 green card...
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USCIS Approves EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) Petition Submitted in the Field of Emergency Medicine Technology

After only two months, USCIS approved the above case submitted by Laurie Woog, Esq. on behalf of a venture capital-backed start up in New York that sought to retain a key business partner who is re...
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Obama’s Immigration Reform and The High Tech Worker

In November 2014, President Obama announced certain executive actions that are meant to reform our immigration system.  The most immediate of these focus on helping children who were brought to the...
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O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa Approval for Geneticist

Recently, the Woog Law Office obtained an approval for an O-1 visa for a young scientist who is highly skilled in pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, a quickly developing area of genetics and embry...
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Supreme Court’s decision on DOMA can benefit aliens with extraordinary ability in same sex marriages

SAME SEX SPOUSES OF HIGHLY SKILLED IMMIGRANTS: CHANGES IN THE LAW AFTER “DOMA” Recently, the Supreme Court ruled in U.S. v. Windsor that the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which barred federa...
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Fast and Successful Outcome for Outstanding Professor Green Card Case

Recently, the Woog Law Office helped an exceptional academic obtain approval as an Outstanding Professor in the EB-1 category – the I-140 visa petition was approved in just 3 days! The Departmen...
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Immigration reform: Benefits for students?

Immigration reform or improvement is often in the news these days. Some reforms will help international students and high tech workers or potential workers. Under current immigration law it is extr...
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National interest waiver case approval for scholar of organized crime

One of the most challenging areas of immigration law is attempting to obtain legal permanent residence on the basis of a national interest waiver.  The national interest waiver category offers a qu...
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Immigration Decision in Favor of Artists and Performers

A recent decision by USCIS recognizes that fusion or hybrid music can be “culturally unique” and therefore form the basis for P visa eligibility. See: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/17/1...
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Extraordinary Ability Green Cards: Proof of extraordinary ability

How does someone prove he or she has “extraordinary ability” in a particular field? The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has set out several basic criteria an applicant mu...
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The Kazarian decision and Extraordinary Ability petitions

In my 2010 article “Limits to Arbitrary Agency Action,” I analyzed the 9th Circuit’s decision in Kazarian v. USCIS regarding evidentiary standards in visa petitions based on a claim of the alien’s ...
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