Applying for a Green Card while a phd student
I am currently a PHD student in US in F-1 status from Nepal and I am currently in my 4th year of my PHD. I am looking into the possibility of filing for NIW EB-2. Here is my background, I completed my undergraduate from US in physics and minor in mathematics, then I joined PHD in theoretical physics.
Here is some summary of my work:
As a Undergraduate, I have 4 conference paper, 3 book chapters and 1 published paper as a co-author. I presented at 10 conferences during this time.
As a PHD student, I have 7 papers, 5 as a co-author, 1 as a equally contributing author and 1 as a conference paper. One of my paper was underscored as the paper of the week by the publishing journal. I have a total citation of 24 with 10 independent citations. I am currently working on 2 first author paper which will be completed by the end of the year. I have reviewed two journal paper. I have helped my advisor write grant proposal and also have taught undergraduate class on his behalf. For two summers, I have worked as a intern researcher outside US (one in China and the other one in Japan)
My main concern is I don’t have a first author paper yet. I will have 2 first author paper in about a year and I wanted to seek your advice on if it is a better idea for me to wait about a year and file. My recent co-authored has been receiving some attention and I believe I will have about 30-40 more independent citation by the end of the year.
Thank you for the help and looking forward for your advise.
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