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Published Apr 16,2019 By Mohammed

Dear Sir/Madam,


I am a doing a PhD in Computer and Electrical Engineering at University of Rhode Island. This is my first semester so I still have at least 2 years to get finish my PhD.

A friend of mine told me that I can apply for a green card If I have a very good academic profile. I am not really sure what kind of information I need to share with you to determine my eligibility of getting the green card.

Here is some information that might be useful:

  1. I received my Master’s in Computer Engineeing from JUST University in 2011, Jordan and my Bsc in 2009 from Yarmouk University, Jordan.
  2. I have more than 5 years of experience in teaching as well as in IT industries.
  3. I have 4 publications (Some of them in very reputable conferences/journals) with a total of 42 citations.


I f you could provide me with the procedure that I have to go through in order to apply for the green card and how ling it takes for the applications to be processed. Also, which way is better, to hire a lawyer who takes care of everything, or DIY package.


I know you are super busy but a quick response is highly appreciated.




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Tigran Kalaydzhyan
Tigran Kalaydzhyan
5 years ago

Hello Mohammed,

As a good start you can familiarize yourself with the two categories of green cards that your friend probably has in mind. You can do that by downloading our free eBook by the link below. From the information you provided it is hard to tell if you are eligible for those, but I can guess that you may become eligible for EB2-NIW after your graduation.

The choice of hiring a lawyer or preparing the case yourself is a private choice and depends on many circumstances. If after reading the materials you are confident of preparing your own case, you can save a lot of money by not hiring a lawyer (meaning, saving in a ballpark of $5000+). Our DIY packets have a great track record and helped many (including myself) to get a green card. Please also keep in mind that the lawyers do not guarantee the successful outcome. Current processing times by USCIS vary depending on the category, but, to be on a safe side, you could expect about 2 years for EB2-NIW (it is not clear how long EB1A currently takes due to the retrogression of the priority dates).

Please feel free to ask further questions in this thread. The link:

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