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I work in finance in a Healthcare institution. I started after completed my MBA on OPT status. On 2010 The institution sponsored my H1_B visa and it was renewed for another 3 years on 2013.

After many discussions with my director and the other superiors I was finally able to get them to start the application for my permanent status (me and my wife). We had many issues regarding the salary needed for my title. After many attempts my director told me that they weren't going to be able to meet that salary requirement and wont be able to apply for my greencard. I remained calmed and presented my case to other superiors that after the many negatives responses came out with the suggestion of applying under a different title category that had a lower salary requirement for the position.

We worked on the jos description for while, making sure that it had all the different elements of my responsibilities and started the process.

My location is Boston and I am a native from Venezuela. Below is my timeline:

9/15/2014 Meeting with Director and HR to discuss my case

10/15/2014 agreement reach to apply under a different job category for my application

12/18/2014 position posted on the institution website and 3 other locations

3/1/2015 Job category approved

4/18/2015 Per Cert Application

10/21 Labor Cert Approved

Nov2015 Review documents with lawyers

11/18 I140 and I485 applications submitted (Premium processing)

12/2 Notice for Biometrics

12/18 appointment for Biometrics

1/11/2016 I-765 and I-131 approval notices for me (1/16 for wife)

2/26/2016 Approval on the mail. When I checked on the USCIS website it confirmed by saying: YOUR CARD IS IN THE MAIL


Long process but wanted to share my side since I got a lot of information by reading other people's experiences. The major issue for me was the salary requested for my title since Non-profit institution tend to pay lower wages than the industry so it was really hard to get my institution to commit to increase my salary by a significant margin. The solution was look at other positions that have a similar range of responsibilities but have a lower salary requirement.

Hope this helps,
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