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When is the best time to apply?

Hi guys,
I am a F1 student and I almost finished my second year of PhD degree. I got my master outside of the US. I have 5 publications with total citations of 40. I am working on an in-progress research that meet all the requirements of national interest. I am not sure when to apply for EB2-NIW or EB1A. Does it make sense if I apply in the third year of my PhD degree or I have to wait until I’m graduated?

One Response to When is the best time to apply?

  • GCforPhD says:


    The best time to apply is when you feel confident that your credentials fully that support a NIW case. Obviously if you wait longer you will have a stronger case. So we normally suggests F1 applicants to apply if they have an immediate need for a green card. Several applicants were successful while they were students. However if you apply while on a F1 visa you should be aware of the limitations. You can read more at the link describing F1 and GC application.

    Best wishes

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