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PhD publications, citations

Dear Sir,

I have 6 publications, around 50 total citations, and have judged 5 papers of others for international journals. I also have attended few international conferences.

This is my 5th year as a postdoc, on H1B and my area of research is systems biology. Can you please let me know how strong my case will be for EB1A or EB2-NIW?




3 Responses to PhD publications, citations

  • GCforPhD says:


    Your case appears strong. You may be able to self-petition. However to fully judge your case you would need to tabulate ALL your credentials against the USCIS criteria mentioned in the EB1a or NIW pages. Please follow the approach listed here or email us your resume to fully judge your chances.

    Our example petitions may help you, should you decide to self petition.

    Best wishes

  • Jignesh says:

    Thanks Sir for you reply.

    Please find my resume I have emailed you through
    I worked on cancer in my first postdoctoral position and now I am working on Iron metabolism which is linked to diseases like hemochromatosis, anemia, cancer alzheimers etc. I develop mathematical models which
    explain the dis-regulated mechanisms in this diseases and then we try to find some treatment for theses diseases.

    I satisfy the following 3 criteria for EB1A category out of 10 as listed here:

    number 3 with publications
    number 4 with citations and reference letters
    number 5 with the other’s paper I have reviewed for publication.

    please let me know which is better to apply for, EB1A or NIW?

    Is becoming a member of american association for cancer research or
    american cancer society help?

    I don’t have any major awards but have oral/poster presentations in three international conferences.


    • GCforPhD says:

      Dear Jignesh

      In general NIW is easier compared to EB1a. In your case you satisfy the statutory EB1a requirements. In addition if you can show that your are among the top few percent of your area of work (through references– corroborators and independent referees) and your work has sustained impact/interest (your citations), then you would be able to succeed in EB1a. If you are born in India, there is along waiting time for NIW.

      If you have other questions let us know .

      Best Wishes

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