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  • Nonprofit H1B premium processing - scientific research

    Hi,

    Can all nonprofit H1B applications request for expedited processing? USCIS website states -

    USCIS may expedite a​ petition or application if it meets one or more of the following criteria:​

    -Nonprofit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States

    Does this apply to nonprofit organizations like Universities with jobs involving scientific research? Because "social and cultural" is a bit confusing. Does anybody have any experience or insights on this?

    Thank you

  • #2
    Only one example is given in the USCIS Policy Manual:

    "an organization broadcasting in regional areas to promote democratic interests"

    So not only do individual adjudicators have broad discretion in granting expedited handling on a case-by-case basis, apparently they get minimal guidance on when it is appropriate to do so

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    • #3
      Originally posted by inadmissible View Post
      Only one example is given in the USCIS Policy Manual:

      "an organization broadcasting in regional areas to promote democratic interests"

      So not only do individual adjudicators have broad discretion in granting expedited handling on a case-by-case basis, apparently they get minimal guidance on when it is appropriate to do so
      Precisely, the criteria is not clear.

      Can scientific research at a university further cultural and social interests? This is what I am trying to get help from this forum for.

      Thanks

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      • #4
        Anything could conceivably further some purpose, but it would be up to your employer to cogently articulate why it's petition is deserving of a general expedite

        You can try drafting a narrative and see if it passes the smell test

        Doesn't sound like a slam dunk
        Last edited by inadmissible; 06-27-2017, 10:45 AM.

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