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EB2NIW

12 Responses to EB2NIW

  • Md Symon Jahan Sajib says:

    Any comment on my chances of EB2 NIW. I have finished my PhD in Chemical Engineering. My profile as following –

    1. Your country of birth; country of birth of your spouse if applicable.
    Answer: Bangladesh; Not Married.
    2. If you are a researcher, the number of your total citations and independent citations (from databases such as Google Scholar, Web of Science or Scopus). If you have a Google Scholar profile, provide your Google Scholar Profile link and make it public.
    Answer: Yes, I am researcher. I have 4 peer reviewed journals and 6 conference papers. All of them during my PhD. Total Citations are 10. Independent citations are 6.
    I have 2 more first author publications already accepted and will be published soon.
    GoogleScholar https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=zkUWPKgAAAAJ&hl=en

    ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Md_Symon_Jahan_Sajib

    3. Any evidence other than your citation record that your work is being implemented, used, or applied by others. Good examples can be: your patent that has been commercialized or your work resulting in licenses, contracts, or technology transfer agreements with companies, your work received funding from institutions or government-related agencies, and your work advanced to clinical trials or been included in clinical guidelines.
    Answer: Yes. As website of NSF stated, “National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering”. One of my works related to Membrane Desalination Technology for pure drinking water was supported by NSF and also by Stampede, an NSF-funded supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. Some media highlights including NSF, TACC, and XSEDE websites about this Membrane Desalination Technology project can support this point.
    Please take a look on the following links –
    NSF (Federal Agency)
    https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190539&org=NSF&from=news
    TACC (Ranked 12th in most powerful supercomputers in whole world)
    https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/-/deep-insights-from-surface-reactions
    XSEDE (A highly recognized platform for Researcher)
    https://www.xsede.org/science-successes/-/asset_publisher/lYzwPtSTl56R/content/deep-insights-from-surface-reactions
    phys.org
    https://phys.org/news/2016-11-deep-insights-surface-reactions.html
    sciencedaily.com
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161130131202.html

    4. Information regarding any experience with judging the work of others in your field. Good examples can be: reviewing papers for peer-reviewed journals/conferences (please also provide the exact number of papers you have reviewed), serving on an editorial board/being an associate editor (please also provide the impact factor of the journal), serving as conference chair, reviewing significant research grants, reviewing theses, judging dissertation work as an external referee for a PhD, and judging the work of established professionals as a member of a national panel of experts.
    Answer: I was a reviewer of Chem-E-Car competition by AIChE(Largest chemical engineering society) and also judge of the poster competition of undergraduate students in AIChE. But My PhD advisor gives me some journal article to review to help him with his reviewing process. I have helped him 3 journal papers to review. I have the detailed record of the emails about them. Also my advisor can write for me about this. The impact factor of the journal papers I have reviewed as following –
    2 paper from Journal “Langmuir” – 3.993 (2015)
    1 paper from journal “Applied Physics Letter” – 3.142 (2015)

  • Tigran Kalaydzhyan says:

    Based on the information provided, it looks like you have a chance to prepare a successful EB2-NIW case. Please familiarize yourself with the criteria and further materials from our website. Meanwhile, you can also ask your advisor to recommend you to the journals’ editors as a reviewer – this will make it easier to document your participation in the reviewing process. Please keep in mind that being a judge of an undergraduate competition does not, generally, benefit the case, since the judgement should be applied to the works of your peers.

  • Latha says:

    Hi

    I have completed my Ph.D. from the XXXX university from India. I worked as a lecturer for two years after my Masters from India. I have 5 publications and 85 citations and I have done my Ph.D. in wastewater treatment and treatment of effluent using low-cost adsorbents. And I am getting 5 recommendation letters. Having this profile would EB2NIWbe approved for me. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Tigran Kalaydzhyan says:

      Hi Latha,

      From the credentials I cannot tell whether or not your case will be approved, but it might be possible to prepare a successful case. However, if you were born in India (please correct me if I’m wrong), this category of the green card is virtually unaccessible to you, due to the (currently) 9-year backlog in the issuance of the green cards for the Indian nationals (see link below). In other words, even if your I-140 is approved, you won’t be able to file I-485 after many years of waiting.

      https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2018/visa-bulletin-for-january-2018.html

      • SD says:

        Hello all,

        I had a question on this topic. Even though the wait time for Indian nationals is ~9 years for EB2, if one applies for EB2- NIW and then applies for the O1A visa during the wait of ~9 years, is that a valid option?

        Regards,
        SD

        • Tigran Kalaydzhyan says:

          Yes, you can apply for the O-1 visa after filing I-140, because it is a dual intent visa. Same is true for H1B. Keep in mind that approved O-1 visa gives you a full packet of documents that, with minor modifications, you can resubmit for EB1A green card, where there is, normally, no waiting time for Indian nationals.

  • Picasso says:

    Lets say I have and EB2 NIW application pending, can I file for another I-140 based on Physician National Interest Waiver?

    Is that allowed?

  • Bukpee says:

    Hello,

    I have a question for the EB2 NIW application. I have purchased your package and I’m currently in the process of preparing my application. In your package, you state that we should get independent reviewers to get recommendation letters. What methods do you advice to get letters from independent reviewers? I reached out to a few people who had cited my work were hesitant to provide references based on one citation (which I probably understand). Some other emails bounced back probably because they were unsolicited. Also, have you seen cases where petitions were granted without letters from independent reviewers? Do you think other points such as 14 co-authored papers (none 1st authored though) and 147 citations cover up for the lack of an independent reviewer?

    • Tigran Kalaydzhyan says:

      One should definitely obtain those letters. You can approach people who you know through conferences and seminars (they were at your talk or invited you in the past), editors of journals for whom you refereed papers, colleagues of your advisors and so on. Among those 147 citations there are probably groups who cite you regularly, you can ask them. It makes sense to ask younger professors, since they have more time and also make sure to point to them that you are willing to write those letters yourself, so they do not have to commit with their time, if they are buys. Also mention that everything written in those letters is for immigration purposes only, and will not be used further in academia/industry, so they should not worry about their reputation. I remember asking 10 people this way and collecting 7 signatures or full letters within one week for my own application. Fell free to remind them about your question and, probably, it might be a good idea to use you institution email, so it doesn’t go to spam.

  • Bukpee says:

    Great, thanks for your response. I have another question please. have you ever heard of first-author contribution letter. I have no first authored paper, so I heard I may need to get a letter from my lead author stating my contribution to our work. Do you know if there is any other information needed in this letter or is it even necessary? Thanks for your audience.

    • Tigran Kalaydzhyan says:

      I am not familiar with such letters. Normally, the preference is given to recommendation letters from people who never collaborated with the petitioner. However, I can imagine a situation when there is a large collaboration and the weight of the contribution is not clear. It would not hurt to add such a letter and let the USCIS officer decide how much relevance it has.

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