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EB1 Law Review AAO – December 23 2011 – Evidentiary Requirements for Establishing High Remuneration

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Evidentiary Requirements for Establishing High Remuneration

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AAO Decision December, 23 2011 – Evidentiary Requirements for Establishing High Remuneration, et .al (p10-11)


Source Case

Evidentiary Requirements for Establishing High Remuneration
(December, 23 2011 p10-11)

Evidence of Eligibility: 8 C.F.R. 204.5(h) (3)

(ix) Evidence that the alien has commanded a high salary or other significantly high remuneration for services, in relation to others in the field;


When it comes to submitting evidence to establish high salary the Petitioner is required to follow a specific protocol if the submission is to succeed.

AAO Discussion

The AAO outlined the following flaws in the Petitioner’s argument of this category:

1: The Petitioner submitted updated salary information with her Appeal, however, the AAO could not consider this evidence because eligibility must be established as the time of filing.

The AAO will not consider any salary increases received by the Petitioner after the original date of filing.

2: Though the Petitioner submitted occupational wage data for Network and Computer Systems Administrators, the AAO determined that the Petitioner’s job title corresponded more closely with Computer Systems Analysts or Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts. The salary data for a Computer Systems Analysts was above that of the stated salary of the Petitioner, which the AAO considered.

3: Even if the AAO had accepted the Petitioner’s job title as a Network and Computer Systems Administrator, she must show her salary is high in relation to others in her field.

In this case the Petitioner submitted only local wage data from her metropolitan area, which the AAO deemed this as inappropriate for comparison to demonstrate her earnings were high in relation to others in the field, the implication being that salary must be compared nationally.



*Cases Cited

Matter of Katigback, 14 I&N Dec. 45, 49 (Reg’l Comm’r 1971) – Eligibility must be established at the time of filing.

Matter of Price, 20 I&N Dem. 953, 954 (Assoc. Comm’r 1994) – In relation to high salary not locally but nationally.

Grimson v. INS, 934 F. Supp. 965, 968 (N.D. Ill. 1996) – Considering Pro Golfer’s earnings against other PGA golfers.

Muni v. INS, 891 F. Supp. 440, 444-45 (N.D. Ill. 1995)





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