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

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Green card for master’s students

I am  a graduate student in electrical engineering. I had few questions regarding the green card for master’s students on F-1. I have 3 international IEEE publications and 1 ordinary journal paper. My questions for you are as follows:

What are the chances of getting EAD (Work authorization) for a master’s student if I apply after completing my master’s i.e., I will no more be on F-1 visa, I will be on OPT?

OPT is also considered being on F1 status. You can get an EAD on OPT which will last for a year and can… Continue reading

GC application when J1 is about to end

I’m on the verge of completing my postdoctoral stay here in the U.S. I have not got hold of my next opportunity. Consequently, I just have about a month to depart from the U.S.

In this context, I have the following questions:

Q 1:
Firstly, is it a good idea to apply for a GC at this stage as I don’t have a position in the U.S. as stated above and certainly not a H1B visa? (I came on J1 and had taken a waiver meaning that I do not have to necessarily stay in my home country… Continue reading

New application fee for USCIS petitions starting Nov 23, 2010

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a  new fee schedule that goes into effect starting Nov. 23, 2010.  According to USCIS,  “Applications or petitions postmarked or otherwise filed on or after this date must include the new fee, or they will be rejected”. After a comprehensive review of public comments, USCIS published the new fee schedule in the Federal Register on Sept. 24, 2010. The new fee schedule increases application and petition fees by an average of about 10 percent. Some relevant application fee changes are mentioned below.

Form… Continue reading