Blog for Postdocs / Phds, National Interest Waiver, Extraordinary Ability

Disclaimer: The contents in this web site are only for your information and are not intended to be legal advice. While many of our applicants successfully obtain their I-140 approvals, the information here should not be considered as a guarantee of your green card application outcome.


Pending I-140 travel on F1 or Advanced parole

Question:  I got my OPT 17 months extension in May 2013, and last month I applied for I-140 (NIW).  I’m planning to visit my country in near future, so I think it would be better to have H1 rather than  F1-OPT. I have following questions:
Q1: during the processing time of I-140, can I apply for H1 (academic by the University)?
Yes you can apply for a H1B, since the visa holder can posses immigration intent. However, you may not be able to extend an F1 or apply for a J1.
Q2: After obtaining H1 if I140… Continue reading

F1 applying for greencard under EB2 NIW


I am interested in applying for green card under NIW EB2 category. I recently defended my PhD and I have applied for an OPT, it will be valid from  May 2012. Currently I am on F1 working as a research assistant. These days I am searching for postdoc opportunities.

I went through the GreenCardForPhd eBook, so I am very confident to apply for the green card. As I am still on F1 status, how about the possibility of making my case successful. Please advise me. Do you have heard of similar successful cases?


It is possible to… Continue reading

If I drop out of Phd program, can I still apply for a Green Card?


I am on F1 visa enrolled in a PhD program from Fall 2008.I have to enroll only thesis credit hours (10 credit hrs. remained only).  I do not have any classes to attend now

I have completed 65 cr. hours out of 75 cr. hours

Presently I am working on OPT from last 6 Months. My h1 b file this month

I am trying to finish my PhD in a next one year. But not sure.

If I can’t finish my PhD study due to some complex research problem

1. Can I file for (me & my family)… Continue reading