Saturday, June 5, 2010

AAO Reverses USCIS Outstanding Researcher Denial

Almost two years ago, a large university in the Northeast filed an I-140 Outstanding Research Petition on behalf of one of its professors. The case was denied.

The professor's academic field is Geographic Information Science (GIS). To the eyes of all but USCIS, the professor is clearly among the best and the brightest. Over his career, he has published 30 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals, has developed a widely used geographic software package, has had his work cited by other scientists in the field as authoritative over 300 times, has served as a reviewer of the scientific work of others, has been awarded numerous research grants, and has presented his original research findings at scientific symposia all over the world. In support of the petition filed before CIS, eight internationally known scientists wrote letters to CIS attesting to his outstanding abilities.

CIS had denied the case on the ground that the petition had not proven that each individual publication was outstanding. The AAO sustained the appeal, reaffirming that it is the totality of the evidence that must be considered.

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