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Published Nov 12,2009 By GCforPhD

Question:
Thanks for this awesome website, I am sure like me many of the PhD holders will find it helpful. I have some question regarding GC application. I have done MS and PhD from USA. Currently I am working in a National Lab as a post-doc. I have worked on Cancer field and nanotechnology during my PhD and currently working on breast cancer field. although i know that my field and work has national interest but so far I have one paper published (first author), few more in the review process (first author) from my PhD. I have one book chapter (first author) from my MS. I will have couple of manuscript ready by the end of this year from my postdoc. I have ~6 conference presentations.
Will I be able to apply for EB1 category (planning to apply next year). if not which one you think will be suitable for me. Currently I am on OPT.
Answer:

In general EB1 has clearly defined criteria by USCIS. It is hard for us to tell if you qualify just from the information you provided. The best is for you to judge on your own looking at this criteria and some examples. In the past we have known of people with just a few publications (4 or so) get through. Much depends how the case and how it  is presented and the strength of the recommendation letters.
NIW requires that your work is national in scope and is useful to the US. We suggest you also look at NIW. Some people have applied for both EB1 and NIW simultaneously. In this case you may decide to apply for one 485 (with one of the two categories where you think you have a better chance) or apply for a 485 once your 140’s decision has been made.
best of luck in your application.

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