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Phd student planning to apply in EB1A category


I am working as a software engineer in USA with H1B visa Status since last 4 years.

I did my M.Sc Physics and M.Tech Atmospheric Science from India. I am doing part time PhD in India and plan to complete it in an year or so.

What are the possibilities to apply green card with my PhD…in EB1 Category?

Do I need join as PDF any university/research organization?


Besides a PhD degree, there are number of strengths that can count towards evidence in EB1A. Please take a look USCIS EB1A requirements (also listed below) for more details. You can plan ahead for a later EB1A application now, keeping in view these requirements. With a PhD, some good publications and active engagement in research activities, it is generally possible to meet these criteria.
Best of luck.
EB1A requirements:

You must meet 3 out of the 10 listed criteria below to prove extraordinary ability in your field:

  • Evidence of receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence
  • Evidence of your membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members
  • Evidence of published material about you in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  • Evidence that you have been asked to judge the work of others, either individually or on a panel
  • Evidence of your original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field
  • Evidence of your authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  • Evidence that your work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases
  • Evidence of your performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations
  • Evidence that you command a high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field
  • Evidence of your commercial successes in the performing arts
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