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.


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

Applying for greencard while on OPT


Hi Team,

I have a question. I think I read a similar question from someone else also. But I had a difference in my degree and certain other things.

I completed my PhD and I am on OPT. I want to know if I can apply for green card while on OPT, or should I go for H1 and then for OPT. Just to let you know my F1 (student visa) already expired. PLs let me know.

Thanks a lot.


Just a clarification. OPT is part of F1 status. Your F1 visa stamp may have expired but your… Continue reading

Applying for green card while on OPT


I came across you website and found it very helpful. I am a Post Doc now, working on my OPT status (but applied for H1B visa). So can I do the self petition application for green card now (or do I have to wait till H1B approval)? I have attached my CV. Could you please, after reviewing this, suggest me whether I should go for EB1A or  EB2-NIW ?


Applying for i-140 does not pose any problem on OPT or H1B. There may be some issues involved during the 485 stage,… Continue reading