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The White House Announces Immigration Actions to Attract STEM Talent and Update O-1 “Extraordinary Ability” and National Interest Waiver Standards

By: David W. Leopold

About: Immigration

January 21, 2022 – The Departments of State and Homeland Security announced today new immigration actions to expand opportunities for foreign STEM scholars, students, researchers, and experts and the U.S. businesses that seek to employ them, as well as new guidance for O-1A “extraordinary ability” and national interest waiver (NIW) petitions. 

Today’s announcements include:

Ulmer’s Immigration Law Group is analyzing the details of these new policies and will update this advisory with additional comment and analysis. Please reach out to our immigration attorneys if you have any questions.

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