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AKP117

Job Change while NIW& EB1A applications in progress

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Dear forum members,

 

Here is my situation-

 

I currently work as a postdoc at an academic institution and have filed petition under EB2-NIW category with the help of a lawyer. After filing the application in EB2-NIW, now my lawyer thinks that I can file in EB1-A as my citations and other aspects in my profile have been improved. So, I will most likely be filing under EB1-A with in a month or two. My postdoc contract is going to end in 4-6 months and I am looking for positions. I am currently receiving calls from industries/companies. The nature of work or job specialization will be same as that of my MS/PhD degree, but will not exactly match with that of research area that I described/describe in EB2-NIW or EB1-A applications.

 

So my questions is - can I change jobs from research at an academic institution to a company while my i-140 petitions are in progress? Or is it a must to continue in research?

 

Thanks,

AK

 

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I believe you can change from working in an academia to industry but the research area also has to be of national interest or priority. For example you cannot move from translational research in academia to medical liaison job in industry. 

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