Self Petition for a Green Card

You may self petition for a green card if you qualify under either of the following categories:


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Self Petition for a Person of Extraordinary Ability (EB-1a)

Your I-140 visa petition must show that:

  1. You belong to that “small percentage” of persons who have “risen to the very top of their field of endeavor”.
  2. You receive a major internationally recognized award, such as a Nobel Prize; or
  3. You have met at least 3 of 10 criteria required by the USCIS.

Self Petition for a National Interest Waiver (NIW) (EB-2)

Your I-140 visa petition must demonstrate that you meet the following requirements:

  1. Your proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance;
  2. You are well positioned to advance the proposed endeavor; and
  3. On balance, it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the requirements of a job offer and thus of a labor certification.

Self Petition for a National Interest Waiver (NIW) for a Physician (EB-2)

Your I-140 visa petition must show that:

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  1. You have a job offer in a medically-underserved area (MUA, MUP, HPSA or PSA) or for the Veterans Administration for a minimum of 5 years;
  2. You must obtain a statement (“attestation”) from a federal agency or a state department of health that has knowledge of your qualifications as a physician and that states your work is in the public interest; and
  3. You must have a license to practice medicine in the state of intended employment.

If your priority date is current when you submit your I-140 visa petition, we recommend that you file your I-485 application for adjustment of status packet simultaneously. This will allow you to obtain an EAD and an Advance Parole travel permit.

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