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Chances of success in EB1A/NIW self-petition

Dear GC for PhD team,

​I bought the How-to guide EB1A (contents) (Front page)

 ​from your website. This contents helped me in learning the ​steps and requirement for the whole GC process. Still I am not sure about my candidature profile for self petition . My profile is giving below.

 I am a PhD holder in Biochemistry from one of the Universities in India, obtained on 2009.

Currently working as a post-doctoral associate in a US university for the last 5.5 years.

Total of 235 citations from about 9 research papers.

One patent and got an award for that.

Member in two professional organizations.

Two oral presentation invitations in international conferences and one in national conference.

5-6 poster presentation

Never reviewed any article or not a reviewer in any journal, at present.

Preparing to become a reviewer in a journal within couple of months.

 I can get recommendation letters at minimum 7

 How would be my chances under EB1A category?

 ​How about the chances ​of ​ my candidature or I need to make ​my ​candidature more stronger?

  I would be highly appreciated if you could let me know

 Thanks ​in advance​


You have a good chance of success if you prepare your petition carefuly.
Best wishes

One Response to Chances of success in EB1A/NIW self-petition

  • Hi sirs, I have organized all these items bellow and would like to know my chances for EB1a extraordinary ability GC.

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    Dear Aluney,

    If you have PhD in Psychoanalysis, then you can try either EB1A or EB2-NIW. You should be able to show that you are either at the very top of the field and your achievements were recognized by the community (nationally and internationally) for a certain period of time (EB1A) or your work is in the area of substantial intrinsic merit and important to the national interests of the United States (EB2-NIW).

    If you want to estimate your chances with the EB1A category, then please have a look at USCIS criteria (the first link below), as well as our “do it yourself” packets and manuals. It is hard for me to judge if the provided list of prizes, publications and achievements is an indicator of the extraordinary ability, since I am not familiar with the field. The third link below shows what evidences are considered strong by the USCIS officers, and what evidences play a little role. Regarding the reference letters, please take into account that they should be written by the recognized experts in the field, not by patients or students. Regarding the awards, please make sure they are given to people selected on a national or international level, same for membership in organizations. As for the publications, please do not forget to attach a proof (such as impact factors) that the journals are internationally recognized in the field.

    If your specialization is the substance abuse therapy then it also should not be a problem to show that your work will benefit the U.S. You can present the statistics of the substance abuse and explain, based on your previous results, how your work in the country will change them. Please have a look at the second link below for the EB2-NIW criteria.

    I would like to wish you all the best in your immigration journey.

    Best regards,
    Tigran Kalaydzhyan.

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