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Masters degree and chances of EB1A application

Published Jul 5,2013 By GCforPhD

Question:

Are you still actively doing this ? Self help for green card etc ?

Response:

Yes we are. We generally help phd petitioners with their questions. They use the self-help packets to petition on their own.


Question:

I have a masters so EB1A will be tough I guess. No PhD. Should I even try on my own using the self-help packets ?

Response:

Please take a look at the USCIS requirements for the EB1A category. For the EB1A, have a master or PhD is not one of the requirement. However most PhDs during the course of their work have significant accomplishments which can be used as evidence towards the USCIS requirements mentioned in the above link. Even with a masters degree if you have achievements that can be used as evidence towards these requirements then you can self-petition in this category. Another category of interest to self-petition applicants is EB2-NIW.


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Sridharinder
Sridharinder
5 years ago

Can you please comment on my chances of success for an EB1A Application?

Master’s in technology Management from a mediocre University
1. 5+ reviews across open access journals
2. High salary (Above 90% among my peers and DOL for my job classification)- USCIS EB1A citeria
3. Several internal awards and couple of nationally recognized awards from in my areas of expertise
4. References from CEOs and technical managers from clients across the word
5. The company is ready to provide evidence that I am indispensable and the company is a big boutique consulting firm (With over $300 M in yearly revenue)- USCIS EB1A citeria
6. Multiple talks and invited judge for Startup challenges, reviews from Big Universities, Interviews in many magazines
7. Did a small survey analysis in Healthcare and that was used by many physicians across the world (Incorporated it to be used in their practice to avoid needlestick injuries)
8. Few research papers (But without sufficient citations); Expertise is in business and not in research

Tigran Kalaydzhyan
Tigran Kalaydzhyan
5 years ago
Reply to  Sridharinder

Hi Sridharinder,

It is hard to evaluate your case, because (1) I do not have much information about successful business-related EB1A cases and (2) it is harder to quantify such cases, comparing to, e.g., research, where the metrics are well established. For instance, I am not aware of the current quantile you need to belong to in order to establish the “significantly high remuneration” USCIS criterion. Reviews from universities, interviews in magazines, nationally recognized awards and references will help you (but not guarantee) to establish “business-related contributions of major significance to the field”. Being an invited judge and reviewing papers will help you in establishing the “evidence that you have been asked to judge the work of others”. Research papers will establish “your authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications” (they have to belong to the area you choose for EB1A though). Now, the difficult part is the second part of the two-part USCIS evaluation approach, where you will have to prove that you are at the very top of your field and that your work has sustained national or international acclaim and recognition. From the information you provided this is not obvious. I think it makes sense for you to talk to an immigration attorney, who had successful business-related cases in the past. The first consultation is usually free, which is what you need.

Netz K
Netz K
10 months ago

Hello,
I have two masters degree, plenty of citations (3000+), 10+ journal publications (none first author) in Nature, Lancet and so on. I work at one of the top universities and have a decent record of international exposure. What are my chances with EB1A approval?

BlogSupport
BlogSupport
10 months ago
Reply to  Netz K

Hi Netz,

Three questions:
(1) Can you prove (in your petition) that you played a key or significant role in producing results for at least several of those publications? Are these articles published in peer-reviewed journals?
(2) Have you been a referee for other publications in your field? Is yes, how many times?
(3) Do you currently pursue a PhD?

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