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EB2 NIW : best time to submit petition as PhD student

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  • EB2 NIW : best time to submit petition as PhD student

    Hi,

    I am a 4th year PhD student and will graduate in next spring 2019. I want to apply for EB2 NIW petition but concerned about OPT approval during petition pending.

    Please share your experience or suggestions about the risk of OPT denial during petition pending.

    Thanks
    Refat

  • #2
    I applied NIW before submission of my OPT application.
    There is no issue at all. According to my lawyer,
    this is a gray area. If you have concern about it,
    you can confirm with your school's international student advisor.
    Good Luck!


    Originally posted by refat.islam116 View Post
    Hi,

    I am a 4th year PhD student and will graduate in next spring 2019. I want to apply for EB2 NIW petition but concerned about OPT approval during petition pending.

    Please share your experience or suggestions about the risk of OPT denial during petition pending.

    Thanks
    Refat

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    • #3
      I applied NIW before submission of my OPT application.
      There is no issue at all. According to my lawyer,
      this is a gray area. If you have concern about it,
      you can confirm with your school's international student advisor.
      Good Luck!

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      • #4
        I applied for Eb2- NIW as a post-doctoral fellow on my OPT year 3 ( I got the 2-year extension after the first year of OPT was over). I have a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. I applied without a sponsor or Lawyer so I know that it is possible to do so.

        I wrote a Free ebook about the steps, you can find it on https://talesofanafricanprincess...

        I know the struggle because as an international student, that was what I thought about towards graduation. I was also able to add my husband as a dependent and we got our green cards at the same time! I started a youtube series (https://youtu.be/B00W9ksjNjw) on the steps so feel free to watch that too for more information. Good luck!!!

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        • #5
          Thanks for the info. I didn't know about high denial rate.

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