Green Card for a PhD or Postdoc

Self Petition in EB2 NIW or EB1A with DIY Packages
(from original approved petitions)

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NIW or EB1A Do it yourself packets

Our EB-2 NIW (National Interest Wavier) or EB1A (extraordinary ability) do-it-yourself packets for postdocs or phd holders consists of the following documents.

  • “How to” guide: A pdf document which explains the basics of a green card application process and how to prepare a petition. This document also explains the USCIS criteria you need to meet and the typical evidence that is useful for a successful I-140 petition. It also includes a checklist of documents for I-140 petition. Contents of the How to guide are shown below. 
  • Example I-140 petition packet: A pdf document that is similar to the one you would mail to the USCIS. The example petition packet consists of an I-140 petition, four example recommendations letters, and other typical supporting exhibits. The core petition is a twenty five page long letter. Combined with other evidence like recommendation letters, vitae, and other exhibits, the example petition file provided is more than one hundred and twenty pages long. Contents of a I-140 petition file are shown below.
  • FREE Editable Word templates and Excel track sheet: A word file is included that contains templates for a) cover/contents page b) petition pages, c) example recommendation letter, d) various other exhibits, and e) list of exhibits. Template file contains filler text and is not an actual petition example. It is simply an editable file that helps in building your petition using the above example petition document. An excel file is also included that helps tracking exhibits and petition criteria easier. These files are included free of charge.  
  • FREE Filled example forms:  A set of typical filled example forms for I-140, I-485, I-765, I-131, and ETA750b1. These forms cover a typical scenario. You would also use the USCIS form instructions if your situation is different. 
  • Fillable forms: A fresh set of latest (as of the time of purchase) fillable pdf forms; I-140, I-485, I-765, I-131, and ETA750b1. If applying at amuch later date from purchase, we advise applicants to download forms from USCIS website

 

All packets are up-to-date at the of the day of purchase. 


The "How to" Guide

The “How to” guide is mainly designed to prepare an effective I-140 petition. It also describes the green card application process and the appendix of the guide contains information useful for a I-485 application. Contents differ between the EB1A and NIW guides and typical list is shown below. 
 
1. Welcome!
     1.1   Do not be scared 
     1.2   How long will this take 
     1.3   Can I do it by myself? 
2. Green card application an overview: 
     2.1   Labor certification 
     2.2   Permanent residency petition 
     2.3   Adjustment of status 
3. I-140 petition                                     
      3.1   Contents 
      3.2   Employment requirements 
      3.3   On national importance 
      3.4   USCIS Criteria 
      3.5   Petition recipe with sample reference letter and example parts of the petition
      3.6   FAQ 
4. Filing I-140
      4.1  Where and how to file?
      4.2  E-file
      4.3  Concurrent filing
      4.4  Physical organization
      4.5  I-140 petition check list
5. Useful Web sites
6. Appendix
      6.1  I-485 Cover letter
      6.2  Various forms explained
      6.3  Filled example forms
7. Need help or suggestions?


Contents of I-140 petition file

The example petition is an original as was mailed to the USCIS. Names in the document are changed are blacked out to maintain anonymity. Apart from this all critical information is intact. The entire petition packet consists of (with hundreds of pages)

1. Photocopy Certification
2. Filled forms  
     2.1   I-140 filled form for Alien Worker  
     2.2   Details of $580 filing fee  
     2.3   Form ETA-750B (in duplicate)  
3. Historical immigration documents  
     3.1   Photo copy of latest I-94  
     3.2   H1B visa  
     3.3   I-797, Notice of Approval of H1 status  
4. Petition for National Interest Wavier  
5. List of Exhibits  
6. Exhibits  (41 exhibits with a total of 7 or more reference letters)

 

 

Together the “How to” guide, the example petition, and filled example forms will help you in the self-petition process.

Postdocs or Phd holders can purchase an how-to guides (separately) or do-it-youself packets for NIW or EB1A petitions (include how-to-guides and more).

Disclaimer: The contents in this web site are only for your information and are not intended to be legal advice. While many of our applicants successfully obtain their I-140 approvals, the information here should not be considered as a guarantee of your green card application outcome.