I am currently woking as a post-doctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I hold a Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics. When I started my Ph.D., my boss moved from Denmark to USA and I moved along with him. Technically my Ph.D. is from Denmark, however, I worked the 'complete term' of my thesis at Johns Hopkins.
During my Ph.D. work I published in 10 internationally reputed journals. The main project on my thesis is cited by over 9 other research articles. The research area that I am in (Bioinformatics) is one of the hot areas in biology and there is a great demand for it on the globe. My research contribution to the community in developing a resource for biologists was appreciated and has been mentioned on various news items (Many online news portals including Wash. post).
currently, I am on a H1-B VISA status. My H1-B status has been renewed recently for 3 years. I am in 4th year of my H1-B. Now that I am planning to apply for GC, I am not sure what type/section of NIW I qualify for. I was assured by my chief that a good support in the form of recommendation letters will be given and any other support towards this effort. Unfortunately, the institution that I am working in is highly reputed and do not consider GC works for low-level work force like postdoctoral fellows. As one of the members said here on this forum, one should be a Nobel to get support from these institutions.
Could any one this forum throw some light on my candidature for NIW. My specific questions would be:
1. What section of NIW I qualify better?
2. Is my background suits better for NIW or should I consider the regular stream.
3. How much time (roughly) will it take to get a GC through this channel?
4. Are there any other issues that I should pay attension to?
5. I was told to hire a lawyer and some warned me that I will know much better than an attorney. What is this fiasco here?
Hope to learn from the forum.