On March 9, 2016, USCIS designated the Administrative Appeals Office’s (AAO) February 9, 2016, decision in Matter of H-V-P- as an adopted decision, and directed USCIS officials to follow its reasoning in similar cases. The decision clarifies that medical specialists who agree to practice in any area designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services as having a shortage of health care professionals may be eligible for the physician national interest waiver (NIW) under INA §203(b)(2)(B)(ii).
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on March 15, 2016.
As of 3/9/16, USCIS has receipted 38,934 beneficiaries towards the 33,000 cap for the first half of FY2016. This count includes 33,478 approved and 7,456 pending beneficiaries. USCIS has also receipted 2,583 beneficiaries towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY2016.