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PhD student in Canada wants to apply for PR and GC together

Hi, I am a PhD student in Ontario Canada and hopefully going to complete it in October 2016. After that I will apply for PR in Canada and I also wants to apply for GC in state. My question is, can I apply for PR and GC at same time. And how to find whether my topic of thesis is in national interest or not? When I should start the application process? My topic of thesis is thermal management of lithium-ion battery for electric and hybrid electric vehicles using carbon nanotube material. My nationality is India. I have several research papers and book chapters.I have done my masters from one of best institute in india ( Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee. Please advise.

One Response to PhD student in Canada wants to apply for PR and GC together

  • GCforPhD says:


    PR and GC are applied at different organizations (Canadian and US respectively). You can apply them independently without affecting the other.

    Below is some information on what constitutes national interest.
    USCIS states that there are no established rules that define what is considered US national interest and applications are generally judged on an individual basis. However, there are some general conditions that are regarded to be in the US national interest. A few examples include

    your work is expected to benefit the US economy
    your work will improve working conditions in the US
    your work helps national security
    your work directly related to defense research
    your work improves national health conditions
    your work is fundamental research with wide ranging implications to the US
    There can be numerous other situations that can qualify as US national interest.

    From your description we would think your work can be considered in the US national interest.

    You should be aware that if you are born in India there is a long wait time in the NIW category.

    If you can email us more details (full CV) we should be able to suggest if EB1a is appropriate in your case.

    Best wishes

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