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Published May 29,2016 By Sourav Biswas

Hi, I am currently a PhD candidate in chemistry from a recognized US university and planning to graduate in next fall. I am planning to join postdoc next in F1-OPT status. So far, I have 20 publications (8 first authors, all of them impact factor>8 ), 3 book chapters and around 150 citation. I also got 6 awards (best poster, best talk and travel award) in international and national conference. I did not get any chance of revewing papers, however planning to do so.

My question is: what is the best option for me? EB1A or NIW? and when is the best time to apply for that? and what are the things I need to improve my resume to have better chances? I am from India. 

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Tigran Kalaydzhyan
Tigran Kalaydzhyan
7 years ago

If you have an Indian citizenship, then you should try EB1A first, because the NIW, even if approved, will require you many years of waiting time before you will be able to obtain the actual green card, check here https://www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo
With 8 first-author publications you have all chances to get EB1A. The only thing you should be careful about is the F1 status. Once you submit the permanent residence petition, you will demonstrate the immigration intent, that will be in conflict with your F1 and you may not be able to extend it. So, if you have time, it would make sense to obtain your PhD first, get F1-OPT, and then apply, if you plan to do this without a lawyer.
Filing petition in this case will be alright, if you plan to switch to H-1B during your postdoc or you plan to go back to India at the end of the program, but will create problems if your future employer can provide J-1 only. It is also alright if you enter the process of the adjustment of status quickly and will get the work authorization document, so you do not have to extend your visa, but it is always good to have a backup solution, such as the H-1B status.

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