Golden Gate University Law Review


Jaimie Bombard


In 2007, Dr. Poghos Kazarian appealed the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service’s denial of his application for an “extraordinary ability” visa. Prior to Kazarian v. US Citizenship & Immigration Services, the Ninth Circuit had never addressed the issue of how the statutory and regulatory requirements for the “extraordinary ability” visa should be interpreted. The Kazarian court determined that the regulations outlining the evidence sufficient to qualify for the “extraordinary ability” classification were extremely restrictive. The court then concluded that, since Dr. Kazarian had presented only two of the three types of evidence required to meet the eligibility criteria, the agency’s determination that his petition was insufficient to support an “extraordinary ability” visa was correct.