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My profile is good enough for GC?

Published Jun 15,2016 By Sri

This blog is awesome and thank you for helping out so many people with your responses. Here is a brief overview about my profile. I did my MS in USA. Currently, pursuing PhD degree and graduating this August with major in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics. I did apply for OPT with starting date from September. I’m going to work as a post-doc at same university on OPT. Here are my credentials.

– Number of peer reviewed papers published #2 international journals (one as first author and another as coauthor) and both have IF <2 and number of citations are 11.

-Conference proceeding publication # 1 (as coauthor)

– Number of conferences # 10 (all as a presenting author)

– Awards# PhD Fellowship from Ireland, four other awards (one scholarship, two travel awards, and one fellowship)

Most likely I will publish three more peer-reviewed papers from my PhD work. Do you think my current profile is good enough for GC or it is better to wait until I publish three more papers?  If my current profile is good enough, I’m planning to start processing right after my OPT is approved. If the time frame is not adequate, I may request my employer (university) to apply for academic H1B.  What would you suggest? 



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Tigran Kalaydzhyan
Tigran Kalaydzhyan
7 years ago

It is possible to get an EB-2 NIW petition approved with only few publications, like in your case (waiting for the next 3 papers will increase your chances). However, the strength of the application is hard to evaluate based only on the numbers you provided, since there are additional criteria depending on the category. For instance, if you apply for NIW, and you can prove your work has a high national importance, then a smaller weight can be ascribed to the number of papers and conferences. The EB-1A might be much more difficult to obtain with given credentials, unless the published results are groundbreaking and well recognized (that is extremely hard to prove given the number of citations and IF you mentioned). I advise you familiarize yourself with the manuals provided by this resource to evaluate your chances.
It is a right decision to get your OPT approved and your visa status extended before filing the I-140, because it may be impossible to do so after (filing I-140 is in conflict with the non-immigrant category of F1 visa). Obtaining H-1B is always a safer bet, because it’s a dual intent visa and can be extended even after I-140 is filed.

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