You have worked hard to earn your Ph.D. You may now be considering your next step – getting a green card. You have many questions, including what is the most common path to a green card for PhDs, how long will it take for non-Indians and non-Chinese to get their eb2 green cards after phd, and can you self-petition for an eb2 green card after phd with your research accomplishments?
USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) divides its employment-based green card categories into five sub-categories or classifications. The second preference, or EB-2 category, is reserved for professionals with advanced degrees or nationals of exceptional ability. The EB-2 category also includes the NIW, or National Interest Waiver, category which waives the requirement of having an employer sponsor your green card petition.
PhD to Green Card: Navigating the EB-2 Process for Post-Doctoral Success
We have filed thousands of successful NIW (National Interest Waiver) cases for clients who are Ph.D. students or Ph.D. candidates, as well as for those without a Ph.D. However, the EB-2 NIW category still requires that you meet the basic entry requirements for a visa, which includes having at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent evaluated as such, plus 5 years of progressive post-degree work experience in your field.
You must demonstrate that your future endeavors in the United States will be of substantial benefit to the country, such as advancing American health, education, culture, society, jobs, economy or technology. This is where we can help. We will develop a strategy that will highlight your past achievements and projects, as well as projected forthcoming advantages to the United States.…