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Published Jan 2,2010 By GCforPhD

Question:

Hello,

I recently graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I am currently on OPT. I don’t have any paper publications as of now. But I am working on them and they are under preparation. Also, like most PhD, I did not get a chance to present my work at conferences. To keep things simple, I don’t have any current published papers or conference papers, but I do have the degree certificate. Do you think I would have a strong case to file for EB2-NIW by myself without any employer sponsorship?

I appreciate your time and help. Any other suggestions for my case would be very valuable.

Thanks,

Answer:

EB2 is eligibility is judged based on a number of criteria. Not having publications should not mean it is not possible. Similarly just having a degree does not mean it is possible either. We suggest you look at USCIS criteria (please see the ebook on our site) for EB2 and make a list of your strengths to evaluate your case.

Best of luck
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Leonardo
Leonardo
14 years ago

Hi,
I am going to apply for the green card as a scientist for national interest. I have a PhD and currently I am in J1 visa. My question is about the J1 waiver, in fact I do not have the waiver (the two years rules applied to my visa), so I was wondering if I can still apply to the green card even if I do not have the waiver. Could you please tell me that, before I start all the application?

Best
Leonardo

admin
admin
14 years ago
Reply to  Leonardo

Anyone with legal status or residing abroad can apply for i-140 self-petition. You have to satisfy USCIS requirements for these categories. However for immigration status change application (485), you can only apply if you are not subject to the HRR rule. So to answer your question, you apply for i-140 while you wait for your J1 HRR waiver. You can look at some example petitions to understand the i-140 application process.

Best of luck

Leonardo
Leonardo
14 years ago

Thanks for your replay, but I have one more question. I will apply to the I-140 on my name, paying one fee, but what about the I-485, since I am married and in that case I will ask the adjust status also for my wife? Should I apply for both of us independently, presenting two different I-485 and paying two fees?

Best

Leonardo

Michael
Michael
9 years ago

Hi,

I have a PhD in Biomedical Science and I am applying for green card (NIW EB2 self-petition).

For my green card application, is it ok if it is based on my PhD work (I had several publications, awards, media coverage based on PhD work)?

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate, but working on a research area that is different from PhD work, and no publication yet from my current work.

I was wondering if would affect my application, if it is based primarily on my PhD work (Recommendation letters will be from people who can comment on my previous PhD research and not on my current work)? Or should I also include my current research (but no achievements yet on this area)?

Please advise.

Thanks you

Michael

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