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Published Dec 25,2011 By GCforPhD

Question:
I am an international student and have done Masters in Computer Science from New York Institute Of Technology (NYIT) with good GPA. I just want to know that is there is any way that you can get the greencard on the basis of PhD; if yes then plz let me know how it works.

Answer:
There are two self-petition categories (EB1A and EB2-NIW) where eligible candidates can apply for a green card without employer sponsorship. The eligibility is set by USCIS. Usually PhDs, due to the nature of their work, have an edge in satisfying the USCIS criteria and have a better chance in obtaining a green card. You can see more information in the frequently asked questions at the following link. Also please see the USCIS criteria for the two self-petition categories to see which one is appropriate for your background and work experience.

If you are F1, you may also want to see this blog post.

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