Citations and Green card application
I am a Ph.D. (MAGMA CUM LAUDE) holder from the a technical Germany in 2005. I am a German citizen.
I use to be also an H-1B visa holder from September 2008 to April 2011, and I worked at a startup company in the Biotechnology in the Bay Area, California. I left back to Germany, because the economic crisis at that time. Now I am back to San Francisco, and I try to find a job in the biotech, and I got my interviews, but no sponsoring, and in many cases, they want the permanent residency.
I heard about the possibility to get the green card in short time, if I am a Ph.D. and publications, which are cited by more than 100 persons. I checked at Google scholar and I find my publications were cited by >230 persons.
So can you help me, and give me some tips?
Thanks for your cooperation and help. I am looking forward to hear from you soon.
You can self petition and get a green card in either the EB1a or EB2-niw categories. If citations are implying exceptional work, this could be a very key piece of evidence. Having several publications and citations is very helpful for the self-petition categories because this could potentially be used to claim evidence like for example
1) your research has wide international following 2) it is national in scope and 3) you have risen to the top of your filed etc..
Also when citations are one of the major evidence, the examiner might look at 1) how many of these are by co-authors/self-citations 2) who is really citing you work and why? While citation number is an important piece of evidence, how you prepare your over all petition and the rest of the evidence you present are also important. You still need to make sure you satisfy three and more of the USCIS criteria. Please take a look at the USCIS criteria for EB1A and EB2-NIW. Our ebook has information that self-petitioners have. The application process requires some effort on your part. You can see some example petitions to understand how to do it on your own.
For some nationalities and categories, it is possible to get a green card in as short as 4 months. You can see the USCIS criteria for these categories.
Best of luck
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