National Interest Waiver

A method to obtain green card used to avoid the need for PERM based labor certification.

Do I Qualify for EB-1

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I got my Ph.D. (biochemistry and molecular biology) and I have 3+ years of post-doctoral experience. I have 4 publications (3 lead author) in human pathogenic research. Could you please comment on my eligibility for EB-1 or NIW.

My best GUESS is probably not. While NIW/EB-1 should not be a numbers game: how many publications, how many citations..., but it often ends up like that. Given that if you had one publication in a premier journal like Science, that would could count a lot more than 5 or 10 publications in a lower impact factor journal.

National Interest Waiver standards; AI list of critical and emerging technologies focus

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Can having an MS in STEM degree with an AI focus and an intention to create a high impact with it for the US along with a plan for it, be enough for NIW? Or would more qualifications typically be needed even at the current stage?

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The full impact of working with emerging and critical technologies on National Interest Waiver (NIW) applications remains unclear, with potential new regulations expected by April 2024.  While there's a presumption that these technologies align with national interest, you must go beyond that. Highlight the national or non-local impact of the specific work you do – whether it's responsible AI development or ensuring AI transparency. Emphasize how your work extends benefits beyond a single company, as this is essential for a successful NIW application.


Recording for February 15, 2024 Conference Call with Rajiv S. Khanna

FAQs: Blacklisted employer, F-1, H-1B, L-1 turned back at the airport || H-1B visa and entrepreneurship: Launching a business with US citizen brother, Shareholding, Green card || National Interest Waiver standards; AI list of critical and emerging technologies focus || OPT EAD errors and typos: Eligibility for resubmission or renewal strategy? || How to calculate time: H-1B grace period; H-4 COS; H-1B transfer delays

The path for an entrepreneur from STEM OPT or H-1B

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I'm on F-1 OPT with a STEM MS Degree. If I put a startup, I will be performing my roles directly related to the degree.

1) To establish employer-employee relations would having a board of directors be sufficient during STEM OPT?

2) If I apply for EB2-NIW and get I-140 approval then can I immediately shift to other non-tech roles within my startup (CTO -> CEO) Or do I have to wait for 6 months before doing that, all the while when I-485 is pending?

3) If I shift immediately and use I-485 EAD instead of F-1 EAD, then can that lead to I-485 being rejected?

Should I wait at least 6 months before using I-485 EAD? Also, if the startup fails, does that discontinue my I-485 process having approved I-140?


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There are various visa options for entrepreneurs both inside and outside the USA, between non-immigrant and immigrant visas. Non-immigrant options include B-1 for temporary business visits, the International Entrepreneur Rule for temporary parole, and treaty visas like E-1 and E-2. Immigrant visa options include EB-1 for exceptionally qualified individuals, EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) for those impacting US interests, and EB-5 for investors. Overall, EB-2 NIW offers flexibility in job changes within the same field and may lead to a green card without being tied to a specific job or employer.


Advantages of a National Interest Waiver, transitioning to EB-1, entrepreneurship, and H-4 employment for spouse

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I entered the US to complete my Masters on an F-1 visa in 2018, I got my H1B visa approved in Oct 2022. I was planning to go for a green card through the EB2 NIW route. I have a few questions, which are as follows:

1. Suppose that I got EB2 NIW approved and I am waiting in queue for a green card, but I went back to India and worked in India (employer may or may not be related to the US). Can I collect my GC whenever the priority date becomes current?

2. Suppose that I have already applied for an EB2 NIW visa but then I build my profile and want to apply for an EB1 visa, can I do that?

3. When can I start my business/startup during the EB2 NIW application process? or Do I need to wait until the visa is approved to start a business?

4. When can my wife start working on an H4 visa? Is it during the EB2 NIW application process? Does she need to wait until the visa is approved?


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With an approved EB-2 NIW, even if you work in India in an unrelated job, you can still collect your green card as long as you intend to work in the field for which you got the NIW when you arrive in the US. Additionally, you can apply for an EB-1 and transfer the priority date from NIW to EB-1. Starting a business during the EB-2 NIW process depends on various factors, but there's no interim visa except for limited options like entrepreneurial parole. However, potential changes in H-1B regulations for entrepreneurs could provide extended H-1B options and the ability to work for your own business. Spouses can start working on H-4 once the NIW is approved and the H-4 EAD application is filed, as the NIW I-140 petition approval doesn't require a visa.


NIW Criteria

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I am currently doing my bachelor's in Computer Science outside the US, my goal is to work in an industry that generally doesn't sponsor visas. I was born in Canada, so just a ROW backlog. Since I can't rely on anyone sponsoring H1B or even TN(also not a TN classified job), I will need a green card before working in the industry.

I'm wondering how difficult it is to get an EB2-NIW with just a bachelor's (exceptional ability), can you explain the process and criteria for this if possible?

My field is adjacent to AI/ML right now I'm doing an internship as an Undergraduate research assistant and by the end, I should have 6 internships (not sure if this helps). The criteria I'm going for (obviously just a guess right now) I'm planning to get a few certifications for AI/ML (from reputable organizations).

I will have a degree in the field. I'm already a member of a few organizations in my field. I can get my professors, managers during my internships and other peers, to write recommendation letters for me.

Can you provide some context as to what they are looking for in this category and it would be great if you could give some recommendations on what I can do to build a solid case. I'm already a member of a few organizations in my field (eg: IEEE and BCS)

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As long as you have a change of status, such as an F-1 to H-1B change, visa stamping is not an issue when transitioning from a B-2 to H-1B. The key consideration is the validity of your I-94 while inside the USA.


Recording for August 24, 2023 Conference Call with Rajiv S. Khanna

FAQs: - Green card processing, F-1 visa, and H-1B transition: Travel and work considerations - Difference between H-1B consular processing and change of status

Recording for July 27, 2023 Conference Call with Rajiv S. Khanna

FAQs: Can I omit a previous experience in PERM filing and I-140 transfer between companies? || Sponsoring Employment-Based immigration petition for Self-Employment: EB-2 or EB-1 I-140 || H-1B visa holder working remotely from India: Permissibility of working for an Indian company and also starting a business in India || Starting a new venture as an H-1B visa holder: Establishing an LLC/CCORP and Involvement as a Board Member and Founder