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Question: Masters and EB2


I am a Master’s(from US) graduate with active H1-B… My work is IT and I completed my Master’s in Electrical Engineering. Am I eligible to apply on EB2 category for my GC since I hold a Master’s degree or will I not qualify for EB2 cos my field of work is different than my study. Please let me know and thsi will be very helpful for me. Lot of people are confusing and your site seems to help just with the most accurate information. Thanks and appreciate your help !


If you are referring to the general EB2 category, your employer usually decides which is an appropriate category based on your job offer letter and your qualifications.

Are you referring to self-sponsored category EB2 NIW? If your work is strongly in the US national interest then you may consider for NIW. While USCIS has not set specific criteria for this category, the following are considered as national interest situations: improvements to US economy, improvements to wages and working conditions of US workers, improvements to education and training programs for U.S. children and under-qualified workers or health care, improvements to the environment of the U.S, or a request from an interested U.S. government agency.

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2 Responses to Question: Masters and EB2

  • Irene says:

    Hi, I have two questions regarding I-140 for EB1A and I would really appreciate your help.
    Question 1: I have only reviewed one paper for a journal. Do you think this would be enough evidence to fulfill one of the criteria?
    Question 2: I am applying by myself, without lawyers, and I was wondering if I can still apply for premium processing, and if you think this is helpful (my PD is current).
    Thank you!

    • admin says:

      EB1A requires substantial evidence in support of extraordinary ability. While just one publication can be counted towards one of the criteria, the petition examiner might expect it to be exceptionally good or expect that the remaining evidence is very strong.

      As of today, USCIS does accept premium processing applications for the self-petition EB1A.

      Best of luck

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