Green Card for a PhD or Postdoc

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

Serving since 2007


Blog: NIW

Question: Firstly, I’d like to thanks you for putting together these extremely useful pieces of information. I’m a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School (with a PhD from UC...

Question: While looking for options to apply for green card, I came across your website. It sounds very interesting and helpful. Well, although I do not intend to settle in US but because of...

Question:   I have already applied successfully in EB2 NIW using your packet. Can you suggest if I can apply in EB1A. Below are my credentials.   -Undergrad (B. Tech. Biotechnology) from...

Question: Thank you so much for all your efforts on your website, it is really helpful ,after I saw your site I decided to go forward and self petition but when I contacted a lawyer I got confused...

Question: Me and my wife looked at the website and found some interesting facts. Right now my wife doing phd in basic medical sciences and her research area is lungs along with spectral imaging...

What are my chances in EB2NIW?

Many PhDs ask us this question. It is our opinion that as a PhD you are your own best judge. Below is an approach we suggest to determine your chances of success. 

  1. Understand the EB2-NIW criteria. You would in general need to satisfy EB2 exceptional ability (different from extraordinary ability) and show that your work is in US national interest. Look at backgrounds of some approved NIW cases. In some rare cases of very strong support for national interest, USCIS has in the past approved NIW to applicants satisfying EB2 advanced degree.  
  2. Make a list of all your accomplishments, awards etc. 
  3. Do you have evidence to satisfy at least three of EB2 exceptional ability requirements?
  4. Is there substantial intrinsic merit to your work and is it in the US national interest?
  5. Is the benefit from your work national in scope?
  6. If you have answered yes to 3, 4, and 5 you are likely to be successful.

If you find it hard to make an accurate assessment just from USCIS EB2-NIW criteria and backgrounds of some approved EB2-NIW cases, you can use our self-help packets which have an approved example petition to make a more accurate judgment.  

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.