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Green Card application while doing post-doc in Canada?


Currently, I am doing post-doc in Canada, 5th year, (after getting PhD degree) and I am Canadian permanent resident.

  • Can I apply for Green Card while being in Canada?
  • Is it mandatory first to get a job in the USA, like post-doc position?
  • Under which category can I apply for Green Card?
  • How long the total process would take?




One Response to Green Card application while doing post-doc in Canada?

  • Tigran Kalaydzhyan says:

    Hi Niko,

    I will assume that we are talking about self-petition categories, i.e., EB1A and EB2-NIW, since they are of the main focus of this website.

    [*] Yes, you can apply for the green card while being in Canada.
    [*] It is not mandatory to have a job offer from a U.S. university/company.
    [*] The category depends on your circumstances. Please have a look at the description of EB1A and EB2-NIW on our website and feel free to ask further questions in this thread. Basically, you have to prove that you belong to the very top of your field to obtain EB1A and you would have to prove national importance of your research for EB2-NIW. I can imagine that after being a postdoc for 5 years, you should be able to collect enough evidence for either of them. However, it really depends on many details.
    [*] Currently, the consideration of I-140 takes 5.5 – 7.5 months (without premium processing) and 15 days (with premium processing). I-485 processing time is about a year.

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