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PhD in vision computing seeking to apply green card


I read about your self petition green card application. It’s quite impressive. My brother who is finishing up his PhD in Germany is seeking a job in the US. Are there any tips to pursue green card here? Currently, he is still in Germany. His PhD is in Vision Computing. There must be tons of job opportunities for him, here in the US.  However, work permit is a big deal.

Please help!
For tips, your brother could look at the following information
  1. USCIS criteria for EB1a and EB2-NIW
  2. ebook on Commonly asked questions on self-petitioning and
  3. example petition packets to understand what evidence is typically useful and how to prepare a packet.


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2 Responses to PhD in vision computing seeking to apply green card

  • Raghu G says:

    I have a very basic question. Does having a PhD mean that I can get a green card in EB1a or NIW? If yes can you tell me which forms to fill?

    • GCforPhD says:


      This is a common misconception. As of Feb 2014, having a PhD is not considered all-inclusive evidence for getting a green card. Usually having a PhD helps in obtaining a EB1A or EB2 NIW green card because during the course of a their thesis work, PhDs are more likely to have various evidence that allow them to meet the USCIS criteria. If you look at EB1a or NIW criteria you will notice that PhD is not a requirement.

      That said there is an effort in congress to grant green cards to PhDs in the STEM fields. However, this bill is pending and has not been passed as of today.

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