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NIW with no Ph.D./ for Ph.D. Candidates/ Ph.D. Students/ Master Degree
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Some clients fear that they will not be eligible for EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) since they have not received their Ph.D. The Ph.D. is not a requirement for the NIW, and many cases have been approved for petitioners who were Ph.D. students when the case was filed. You do not need a Ph.D. to apply for the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) as long as the minimum entry requirements are met. If you have not yet obtained a Ph.D., minimum qualifications can be met by:
Possessing a higher advanced degree (above bachelor’s), i.e., a master’s degree,
Possessing the advanced degree equivalent (baccalaureate degree plus 5 years of advanced work related experience in the relevant area),
Or attaining the exceptional ability requirements.
No Phd for Green Card is required.
Bear in mind the applicant’s student visa status. Most students are in the U.S. on an F-1 visa, which does not permit immigrant intent. First, filing I-140 will not nullify an F-1 visa, so an I-140 petitioner can stay in the U.S. on F-1/F-1 OPT status after they file I-140 NIW, regardless of whether the petition is denied or approved. Second, if the F-1 holder intends to either apply for an OPT or renew/extend the F-1 visa, the immigration officer might examine the non-immigrant intent again for the OPT or renewal/extension application. A USCIS memo states that filing for I-140 does not always remove non-immigrant intent. The USCIS officer will analyze the circumstances of the petitioner to determine immigrant intent, such as if a foreign residency is maintained, the applicant’s connections to the home country, and when the I-140 was filed.
Because of these reasons, you should retain an attorney before filing the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver). At Aria Law Group, we will assist in the preparation of your EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition, as well as give you expert advice on avoiding possible visa issues that may occur during the I-140 petition process.
Green Card for Ph.D Holders. Ph.D for Green Card in required.
Examples of NIW Approvals for PhD Candidates
Some Ph.D. students express concern that it would be hard for them to be approved when filing EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petitions since they are just students. The truth is, EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) is greatly concentrated on projected forthcoming advantages to the U.S. and the petitioner’s past accomplishments. Since EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval is not based on the applicant’s current employment or position, NIW approval is feasible for Ph.D. students. Our strategy will focus on past contributions and achievements in your relevant field in order to win the case in spite of your classification of Ph.D. student.
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In this example, the petitioner was a Biomedical Engineering doctoral student. Since he was a Ph.D. candidate, our firm’s approach was to demonstrate the importance of the contributions made to his relevant field of expertise. We concentrated on two unique advancements which made him the pioneer of a specific technology in his field. As part of the process, we helped the petitioner obtain 6 reference letters from professionals in the relevant field in order to verify the effects of his research. In addition, we researched previous similar case rulings and utilized our research to formulate a distinctive and powerful strategy for the petitioner. By concentrating on the impact of his previous accomplishments, we were able to get EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for the petitioner.
In this example, we assisted with a Computer Engineering Ph.D. candidate. The strategy for this case was to submit vast amounts of evidence to prove the substantial contributions that had already been made in the area of computer engineering, involving at least five articles reviewed by peers. Furthermore, we submitted proof that his articles were cited at least eighty times by colleagues world-wide, signifying the effects and influence of his research. Additionally, we created reference letters to describe the importance of our client’s research not only to his area of expertise, but to an assortment of businesses and industries nationwide. By showcasing his unique achievements and expertise, we contended that the petitioner would benefit the national interest to a significantly larger degree than other colleagues with similar experience and education. Consequently, in just 4 months he gained NIW application approval.
In several instances, our clients have only obtained a Master’s Degree when the application is filed. Since the requirements for EB-2 maintain that a petition must have any advanced degree above a bachelor’s degree, then a Master’s Degree will satisfy the basic requirements for EB-2. For these clients, providing documentation of all past accomplishments and contributions along with proof of the client’s advanced degree is adequate to fulfill the requirements of EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver). Since Ph.D. candidates usually do not have many citations and publications to their credit, creating strong reference letters outlining the client’s extensive impact and contributions is a critical element in EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) success.
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We encourage Ph.D. candidates to contact our firm about EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petitions. Even though not having earned a Ph.D. is not a barrier to NIW approval, a solid evidence package and petition are crucial for success. We have won approval in many NIW (National Interest Waiver) petitions for clients who do not have a Ph.D., and our attorneys will tell you at the case assessment if you have met the minimum requirements for EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver).
See our success stories for EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) clients who were Ph.D. candidates when the case was filed:
EB2 NIW Approval for a Computational Physics PhD Candidate
EB2 NIW Approval in just 7 weeks for a Biochemistry PhD
EB2 NIW Approval in 4 months for a Computer Engineering PhD Candidate
EB2 NIW Approval after RFE for a Bioengineering PhD Candidate and Research Assistant
EB2 NIW Approval in 1 month for a Molecular Biology PhD Candidate
EB2 NIW Approval in 5½ months for a Computer Science PhD Candidate
EB2 NIW Approval in 6 weeks for a Design Computing PhD Candidate
EB-2 NIW Approval in only 32 days for a Cell and Molecular Biology PhD student
EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for Biomedical Engineering PhD Student