Green Card for a PhD or Postdoc

Self Petition in EB2 NIW or EB1A with DIY Packages
(from original approved petitions)

Serving since 2007


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Bulletin Source: Department of state Applies to: Green card applicants Detailed Bulletin: March 2009 Summary of Visa Bulletin Relevant to EB1A and NIW EB1 is current for all countries EB2 is...

Question I am a PhD holder from UK working in Biofuels and currently residing in UK. I was wondering, since my qualification is not from any university from USA, am I eligible to apply under EB2-...

Question: I am a PhD and working as a software engineer. Could you please tell me how I can formulate my documents for NIW application? Do I need recommendation letters from my manager? Answer:...

Questions: Dear friends my name is []  and I am a PhD/postdoc from Italy. I did postdoc in the USA. I would be interested in getting the green card and I found your website on the net. Can you...

Detailed Bulletin Summary of Visa Bulletin Relevant to EB1A and NIW There is significant advance in the cutoff date for Indian nationals. EB1 is current for all countries EB2 cutoff date for India...

Can you do it yourself?

The short answer is yes, you can do it your self. Over the past several years, we have seen a number of applicants some who do it themselves and others with the help of lawyers. From our experience, below are some reasons as to why doing it your self is worth the effort. 

Let us ponder on some facts of a typical National Interest Wavier (EB2-NIW) or Extraordinary Ability (EB1A) application process!

Hundreds of PhD's apply for permanent residency / green card either on-their-own or through a lawyer every year. Here is a comparison between applying on your own vs. applying through a lawyer.

  • In our experience, it takes nearly the same effort on your part to prepare a petition even if you apply through a lawyer? Here is a simple explanation as to why. When you do it through a lawyer, the lawyer expects you to
    • outline or write 6-12 recommendation letters
    • communicate the recommendation letters and lawyer suggestions to the recommenders
    • collect evidence and content for the exhibits
    • review and make changes to the petition.

That’s already 95% of the entire work. In the above process a lawyer supervises your work and makes suggestions and corrections to your documents. If you have some example petition letters, you would be able do this work on your own. You are a PhD after all! 

  • On an average the lawyer fee can vary between $3000 for a single petition to $6000 for a family application in addition to the USCIS application fee.
  • Do you know both the types of applications have nearly the same success rate??

It is our opinion that, if you have successfully completed a PhD thesis, you can certainly do a successful self-petition. You can do it and our do-it-yourself packets can help!!

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.