AILA's Focus on EB-2 and EB-3 Degree Equivalency

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AILA's Focus on EB-2 & EB-3 Degree Equivalency provides a comprehensive resource on EB-2 visa requirements (for professionals with advanced degrees or exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business) and EB-3 visa requirements (for skilled workers, professionals, and other workers). In particular, it focuses on how to design degree requirements for PERM applications and anticipate common issues that arise in previously approved labor certification applications. A new Supplement fully updates the book by incorporating additional guidance on changes in the law and procedure since the book's publication in 2007.

AILA's Focus on EB-2 & EB-3 & Supplement cover:

  • The AACRAO EDGE degree equivalency database, how to access it, how USCIS uses it, and how to interpret the information it contains;
  • Identification of shifts in USCIS's ad hoc degree equivalency policies that have occurred since the publication of the original book (2007);
  • Clarification of the "single source degree" rule;
  • DOL and BALCA degree equivalency policies and related issues;
  • Degree equivalency developments for professional degrees and for positions requiring a degree in any field;
  • Definition of the most challenging case scenario for degree equivalency; and
  • Guidelines for drafting PERM applications for common scenarios

AILA's Focus on EB-2 & EB-3 & Supplement continues to bring you advice and practice tips on:

  • Appealing EB-2 & EB-3 decisions at the AAO and in federal court;
  • In-depth explanation of degree equivalency issues and relevant legal authority;
  • Practice tips for new attorneys and key source materials for advanced practitioners; and
  • Review of key concepts needed to understand and interpret new issues and decisions

"Degree equivalency issues have undergone substantial evolution since the publication of the original book; the supplement provides a full and up to date portrait of today's degree equivalency landscape. Because degree equivalency is a crucial component of properly structuring job requirements for PERM labor certification applications, an attorney's failure to properly anticipate a degree equivalency issue can sit dormant and undetected for months or years, then derail a green card process downstream, often at a time when options for remedies are extremely limited. Failure to detect a degree equivalency issue during case intake can create false expectations and disappointed clients." - Ron Wada, author

ISBN: 978-1-57370-230-0
SKU: 52-30

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Table of Contents (2012 Supplement)


Ronald Y. Wada is senior counsel in the San Francisco office of Tafapolsky & Smith, LLP.

Ron is a co-editor of the immigration law treatise, Immigration Law and Procedure, and is a member of the editorial board of Bender's Immigration Bulletin. He has authored numerous articles on business immigration issues for publication in Bender's, and in AILA's Immigration & Nationality Law Handbooks. In 2011, Ron received AILA's Edith Lowenstein Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law, and is a past recipient of an AILA Presidential Commendation, as well as AILA's Edward L. Dubroff Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Field of Immigration Law.

In 2007, Ron published AILA's Focus on EB-2 & EB-3 Degree Equivalency, which rapidly became the standard desktop reference book on degree equivalency issues for business immigration attorneys.

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