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PhD Student graduating in May 2013 - Seeking feedback on eligibility for EB1 filing

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Hello Members,


I am seeking to find out whether a person with the following status will be eligible for EB1 filing.

Please provide your feedback after reviewing the case details given below. Let me know if you need more information

Current Immigration Status: F1 (Valid Till May 2014)

I have held an valid active F1 since Aug 2007

Graduation Date: May 11, 2013

Education Qualification

  • Offered a fully paid Post Doc at my current University
  • Ph.D. in Infrastructure and Environmental Systems (GPA 4.0/4.0)
  • Masters in Environmental Engineering (GPA 3.9/4.0)
  • Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from RVCE Bangalore

Jobs / Internships - Positions Held

  • Research Assistant - Jan 2011 to Present
  • Research Assistant - Jan 2010 to Dec 2010
  • Teaching Assistant - Aug 2010 to May 2012
  • Student Intern (Treatment Plan run by 'City of SFO' ) - May 2009 to July 2009
  • Student Intern - Jan 2009 to May 2009
  • Student Intern - Jun 2008 to Dec 2008
  • Research Specialist ( In India) for a Fortune 200 Global Paint and Car Refinishing Conglomerate - Aug 2002 to Aug 2007


  • Nominated for the Best PhD Student Award at my University, Awaiting results ( Feb 2013 )
  • Completed all my PhD with a Scholarship Award from the University
  • Twice awarded a global recognition award for my contributions at my job back in India
  • Received Scholarship all my 4 years on Engineering in India

Publications / Journals / Presentations

  • 1 Book Chapter with an academic publishing house for a study book
  • 7 Journal Publications
  • 9 Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings
  • 6 conference papers and presentations
  • 2 Non-Referred Conference Abstracts
  • 4 Conference Presentations
  • 1 Conference Poster Presentation

Conferences / Workshops

  • Attended 2 national level workshops in the USA


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EB1 require outstanding accomplishments in your area of study. Having a couple of publications and presenting your graduation work (widely considered as your advisor's accomplishment) does not stand your case in this category. I would recommend you to consider filing 'NIW'.

Hope it would help you.


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An attorney with experience in these filings would be in the best position to advise you on your strength and weaknesses.

BTW. A postdoc is seen by many senior people as being not good enough for a "real" job. It certainly should be paid or why would you accept it.

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