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EB1 Law Review AAO – December 23 2011 – Lesser Prizes or Awards: Certifications and Company Recognition of Service

EB1 Law Review by Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram 

Lesser National or Internartionally Prizes or Awards: 
Certifications / Company Recognition of Service

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AAO Decision December, 23 2011 – 


Source Case



In this case the Petitioner submitted two Certificates of Excellence for the completion of the requirements for certification as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Microsoft Certified Systems Administration. She also submitted a certificate of recognition for 10 years of service to the state of Illinois.

AAO Discussion

The AAO stated that the two certificates of excellence are professional certificates earned by completing training courses and therefore were not prizes for excellence in the field of endeavor.

Additionally, the AAO discussed the certificate for 10 years of service as a recognition of length of service of the Petitioner rather than an nationally or internationally recognized prize for excellence in the field.


For 8 C.F.R section 204.5(h)(3)(i) documentation is required to show that the award is nationally or internationally recognized. The certificates presented by the Petitioner were not based on her achievement of excellence, but rather recognitions of training and length of service.

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