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A request for information: PhD candidate in Media


I’m originally from India, and I’m a PhD candidate in journalism, with more than one advanced degree (I’ve got three Master’s Degrees) and now am pursuing a PhD. I have pursued more than one field. I am published in the popular media, and have one academic publication to my name, and several conference presentations. I have received at least two international prizes (a grant from the Pulitzer Center and another from the South Asian Journalism Association). I’ve also worked full time. 

I’m really interested in applying for the EB1-EA category, but don’t have the funds for a lawyer. Have you ever heard of a case like mine, and would you think I qualify for that category? I’m attaching my CV here. 

Any information would be great. Thank you for any assistance or advice.



We looked at your resume and it looks quite good. You might be able to apply in the Eb1a category. However, we would like to let you know that eb1a is generally tough in comparison to niw. You might be able to satisfy the satuatory requirements for the eb1a category. In addition, you would also need to show that you are of extraordinary ability and you are internationally recognized. You would also need to show that there is sustained interest for your work or acclaim.  Generally, citations help you do this. We are not sure how you would be able to show “sustained interest criteria” in your particular case. You might be able to think of some other approach. If you are interested, we suggest you look at our example petitions and see how you can approach the eb1a category. Also please read the information about the eb1 a category provided on our website.
If you have further questions please feel free to email us.
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