I Want To Know If I Am Qualified For EB1-EA

Dr. William:

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Material Sciences and want to apply for I-140 EB1-EA. I want to know if I am qualified for it with the following background information: 

  • Eight published research papers;
  • Two presentations in national conferences;
  • Reviewed three papers for 2 professional journals;
  • Three professional memberships;
  • One scholarship award, one Best Paper Award an International Conference;
  • Six strong letters of recommendation, including California Institute of Technology and Cornell University.


Your background looks impressive. However, the importance is how to present your evidence. The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) gives more importance to reference letters from experts in your field who never had any personal contact with you (not from your supervisors) Along with the reference letters, it is usually a good idea to attach the resume or list of publications of the person writing the reference letter for you.

Also, it is important to include the citations of your published papers. Many people also include the information about the impact of the journals where you have published and where your work has been cited. For a Ph.D. candidate. If it will not take long time to get it and you do not have any other reason to rush, it may be good idea to wait till it is awarded. A Ph.D. degree is not a requirement, but everything counts, no matter how insignificant it may sound.







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